It’s an honor to be here today at the State Department among so many distinguished diplomats and others representing the nations of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Together, we comprise 74 countries and 5 international institutions, all united in the fight against this vile terrorist organization. And vile they are.
At the Global Coalition Washington Ministerial on February 6, the U.S. Department of State wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Coalition and its goals. The 79-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has worked diligently since 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita. They affirmed the longstanding strategic partnership between the United States and Morocco and discussed opportunities to expand cooperation on regional issues.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with His Excellency Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi of Jordan in Washington. During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Safadi discussed several issues of mutual interest, including recent progress in the campaign to defeat ISIS, developments in Syria, and King Abdullah’s recently concluded visit to Baghdad.
We welcome the news that the UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) are making a second humanitarian aid delivery from Damascus to the Rukban encampment, providing critical food, medical care, warm clothes, and shelter materials. This follows the successful delivery that took place in November 2018.
Today, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met to discuss global efforts in the fight to defeat ISIS. Secretary Pompeo thanked France for its efforts to hold Iran accountable for its terrorist activity in Europe.
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On February 5, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo in Washington. They discussed areas for increased bilateral cooperation, including promoting economic prosperity, security, democracy, and human rights.
We, the Ministers, Secretaries General, and Heads of Delegations of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, met in Washington today at the invitation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to review the significant progress of the past year against ISIS and to discuss the next stage in the campaign to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. We continue to welcome new members joining the Coalition over the past year, recognizing the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Guinea, Kenya, Fiji, and The Philippines. Together we remain firmly united in our outrage at ISIS’s atrocities and in our determination to eliminate this global threat and overcome its false, destructive narrative.
Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:
We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. As we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans.