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UAE backs fight against ISIS
September 21, 2014
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NEW YORK: The UAE has announced its full support for the international efforts to combat the terrorism of the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), believing that such a war on terrorism will not lead to a marginalisation of Sunni Muslims, will not lead to a dismemberment of the components of the people of Iraq and will not lead to intervention by foreign powers with subversive agendas.

In a speech to the United Nations Security Council, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan added that the security of Iraq was an integral part of the security of the region.

The meeting, held at the level of ministers, was chaired by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and was attended by the Foreign Minister of Iraq as well as by foreign ministers from 35 countries.

Sisi stand

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi said he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against ISIS group but says military action is not the only answer.

In his first interview with foreign media since taking office in June, Sisi on Saturday did not elaborate what support Egypt might give, but appeared to rule out sending troops, saying Iraq’s military is sufficient and “it’s not an issue of ground troops from abroad.”

Instead, he spoke of a “comprehensive strategy” that confronts militants across the region, not just the ISIS group.

Sisi says he warned about the threat of terrorism in the region a year ago but others only understood when ISIS group fighters overran parts of Iraq.  

Expressing his satisfaction at the holding of the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah said that it was being held at a critical time when there was a need for an urgent response and co-ordination of international efforts to tackle the danger presented by ISIS.

He added that the United Arab Emirates opposes those who attempt to disrupt the security and stability of Iraq.

He emphasised the UAE’s support for international efforts to tackle ISIS terrorism, as previously noted in the statement at the recent Nato summit in Wales, in the Arab Resolution No. 7816, at the recent meeting in Jeddah, held in the presence of John Kerry, and at the Paris Conference on Security and Peace in Iraq.

“I would like to stress in this forum as an Arab and Muslim,” Sheikh Abdullah said, “that I categorically reject that the terrorist organisation ‘Da’ish’ – ISIS – should be described as ‘the Islamic State.’

He urged all parties to reject the use of this name, in line with the views of millions of Muslims who are firmly opposed to what he described as “the destruction being perpetuated by a terrorist and criminal gang. “

In the view of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah said, a war against ISIS should lead neither to a marginalisation of the Sunni Muslims of Iraq, whom, he said, must play a key and vital role in the country’s political future, nor to the intervention of external forces with a subversive agenda because the security of Iraq is an integral part of the region’s security.

WAM

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