Brett McGurk: Determined to defeat overwhelmingly by “calling”
More than 42 countries participated in the regional meeting of political leaders of the International Coalition against the terrorist organization “Daqash”, which was held in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Tuesday.
US Special Envoy Donald Trump expressed his intention to “defeat and eliminate an oppressive organization.”
“We are determined not only to win quickly but to defeat,” he told a joint press conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister and Minister of Cooperation Nasser Boureita.
“This is more important than the collapse of the alleged caliphate in Iraq and Syria,” he said.
He said that the efforts of the international coalition also based on “defeat the ideology of the organization and its media,” noting that the meeting also discussed “means and mechanisms that can work to combat the organization and prevent foreign terrorists from crossing the border as well as limiting the means of financing.”
“Unfortunately, the presence of the organization is not limited to Syria and Iraq and we will continue to fight it,” Trump said.
On terrorist groups in the Sahel and Sahara, McGork said the groups were an extension of “former terrorist groups belonging to al-Qaeda that used a banner calling for the greatest amount of funding.”
“This is the first meeting of its kind in Africa,” he said. “The inclusion of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States and the five countries in the Sahel into the international coalition against terrorism is very important for its role in Africa.
“The Islamic state is trying to impose its hegemony on Libya and there are many terrorist organizations in Libya and we have worked hard to prevent the organization from settling in Libya,” McGork said.
He added that “Libya was present with us today in the coalition, of course, either through the fight against terrorism or support the peace process as approved by the United Nations.”
For his part, Bourita said, “Libya has been targeted for a long time because of the absence of state structures, given Libya’s vast territory and its proximity to terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.”
He added that the unstable situation in Libya lasted long. “After the Skhirat agreement was supposed to hold elections that give legitimacy to institutions to counter terrorism and provide basic services to the Libyan people.”
“Unfortunately, the political schism is still there, so Morocco, in accordance with His Majesty’s directives and in consultation with the Libyan brothers, suggested either continuing under the Skhirat agreement in the transitional phase on solid foundations or going to elections that would result in legitimate authority. But the latter needs security measures and political consensus “He said. Source