Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen reaffirmed to the ministerial meeting of the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS/Daesh in Jeddha, Saudi Arabia, today that Ethiopia stands firm in the global effort to eliminate terrorism.
The deputy premier stressed that the international community should deny ISIS, Al-Shabab, and other terrorist groups the opportunity to recruit fighters and mobilize funds.
Demeke added that Al-Shabaab remains a threat to the Horn of Africa and the rest of the world, continuing to claim lives and disrupt livelihoods.
Ethiopia is fighting terrorism at home and abroad, and "it is critical that we join forces to stop such groups from resurging, expanding, and networking in Africa and other places,"
According to him, "we must all share the pain these groups inflict in other countries, not just ours.’’
The ministerial meeting kicked off this morning with short interventions from representatives of the coalition expressing their respective countries commitment to fighting terrorist groups, particularly, ISIS, it was learned.
The International Coalition to Defeat ISIS/Daesh, which has 85 members, seeks to combat Daesh from all angles, from destroying its networks, stymieing the organisation's propaganda and movement of foreign terrorist combatants across borders, and seriously harming its infrastructure on the economic fronts.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency