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Over 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing ten Arab states, par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing called in Au­gust by Pres­i­dent François Hol­lande. There was re­sound­ing support for the Iraqi gov­ern­ment in its fight against the ter­ror group, which had only the pre­vi­ous day be­headed Bri­tish aid worker David Haines. Though it was clear that boots on the ground was not an op­tion for many present there, in­clud­ing the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, there was a lot of prom­ise around air strikes, sup­port­ing Iraqi troops through weapons and train­ing, and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid. Iran, which is clearly against any ac­tion that might desta­bilise its ally, Bashar Al As­sad, was con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence. After Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's speech about “de­grad­ing and ul­ti­mately de­feat­ing” ISIS, the US, along with a coali­tion of 40 coun­tries, no­tably Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain and the UAE, has led sev­eral air strikes on oil re­finer­ies con­trolled by ISIS both in Syria and Iraq.

For­eign Min­is­ter HE KHALID BIN MO­HAMMED AL AT­TIYAH at­tends the meet­ing of over 20 lead­ers at the French For­eign Min­istry in Paris to dis­cuss strate­gies and al­lot roles to tackle the threat of ISIS.

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