ROME – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted the need to continue the fight against the “remaining elements of the IS.”
The US administration will allocate an additional $436 million to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. This was stated on Monday by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, opening a ministerial meeting of the international coalition to combat the terrorist organization “Islamic State” in Rome.
“The United States will allocate an additional $436 million for humanitarian assistance to Syrians and those communities that accept refugees [from this country]. Thus, the total contribution of the United States will reach $13.5 billion,” the ANSA news agency quotes him as saying.
Blinken called assistance and stabilization of the situation in Syria and other countries where IS operates one of the priorities of the coalition’s activities. He also noted the need to continue the fight against “the remaining elements of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to prevent their growth.” In addition, the Secretary of State warned against the spread of IS in other zones, in particular in Africa.
For his part, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, co-chairing the meeting, took the initiative to create a working group on preventing the spread of terrorism in Africa, which could include representatives of African countries.