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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Reuters

Washington- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is one of the delegates from 68 countries involved in the conflict against the ISIS and will participate in the Meeting of Ministers of the Global Coalition.

The delegates will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday for a summit, hosted by US State Department, officially designed to weigh future plans for the war campaign.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host the foreign ministers and senior leaders of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS.

This meeting will take place at the Department of State in Washington D.C. and will be the first meeting of the full Coalition since December 2014.

The Ministerial meeting is set to accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates and networks.

The meeting will include a detailed discussion of priorities for the Coalition’s multiple lines of effort, including military, foreign terrorist fighters, counterterrorist financing, counter-messaging, and stabilization of liberated areas to increase the momentum of the campaign.

Additionally, the ministers will discuss the ongoing humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria that are affecting the region.

While many challenges remain, ISIS is cornered in Mosul and increasingly isolated in Raqqa.
This Ministerial meeting is a key moment to set ISIS on a lasting and irreversible path to defeat.

MEI experts Charles Lister said that the summit is the first gathering for the Trump administration and comes at a pivotal time for the anti-ISIS fight.
“Since October 2016, approximately 75 percent of Mosul has been recaptured from ISIS, but questions loom surrounding the dire humanitarian situation and plans for stabilization,” he said.

Lister added: “In Syria, the flawed design of coalition strategy is now showing its consequences. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is now operating in direct conflict with the largely US-vetted, Turkish-backed anti-ISIS Euphrates Shield coalition.”