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Kuwait Anticipates Washington’s Anti-ISIS Conference by Calling for Reintegration of Returning Militants | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Fire and smoke billow following a car bomb explosion as Iraqi forces clash with ISIS militants in Mosul. AFP file photo

Kuwait – Ahead of a major anti-ISIS summit that kicks off on Monday in Washington, Kuwait submitted a proposal to rehabilitate Arab militants returning from fighting with the terrorist organization in both Iraq and Syria.

The Gulf country is facing security challenges and has declared a security alert on its borders with Iraq, on the eve of the defeat of ISIS in Mosul, to prevent the infiltration of militants belonging to the terrorist organization, who are seeking to perpetrate attacks outside Iraq.

Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Development and International Cooperation, Ambassador Nasser Al-Subaih said on Sunday that his country had submitted a proposal to the Global Coalition against ISIS, which stresses the importance of rehabilitating former ISIS militants who return from conflict zones and to reintegrate them into society.

“Kuwait has made a proposal in this regard with the aim of establishing mechanisms to rehabilitate and integrate those fighters in their communities after facing fair trials”, Al-Subaih said ahead of his departure to Washington.

He added that participants in the meeting in Washington would discuss the latest developments in the war against ISIS and the means to maintain the continued prevention of terrorist financing and to deprive the organization from the sources of self-financing.

The Kuwaiti official underlined his country’s efforts to achieve the return of the displaced to their homeland and to alleviate their sufferings by providing them with all the basic necessities.

He also expressed hope that the meeting would bring about mechanisms that would support the efforts of the anti-ISIS coalition in curbing the atrocities perpetrated by the terrorist group.

The Global Coalition against ISIS was established in 2015, when the terrorist organization took over large areas in Syria and Iraq. The coalition gathers more than 70 countries, in addition to 12 Arab states.