THE WORLD DEBATES ISIS
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.