03/03/2021

France to meet with U.S.-led International Coalition to combat ISIS and strengthen Iraqi the sovereignty and stability to prevent re-emergence

PARIS — Following the re-emergence of the Islamic State (ISIS) across many Iraqi regions, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian informed the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly that, “We have noticed the re-emergence of ISIS, particularly in terms of the situation in Iraq.”

“This situation prompts us, with the Iraqi authorities, to call on the anti-ISIS U.S.-led International Coalition, which has not met for a long time, to meet again and consolidate Iraq’s sovereignty and stability,” Le Drian added, indicating that this meeting should take place quickly.

“I think that meeting will happen,” said Le Drian.

Before leaving the White House, former U.S. President Donald Trump reduced the number of U.S. forces in Iraq to 2,500 soldiers. France has urged U.S. President Joe Biden to continue to give priority to combating ISIS.