Saudi Foreign Minister Calls for Strengthening of Moderate Forces Against Daash (ISIS)
December 03, 2014
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal addressed partner countries in the coalition against Daash (ISIS) during an international conference held in Brussels, Belgium today. Prince Saud stated that the Kingdom has been and still is at the forefront of fighting terrorism.
During his remarks, Prince Saud stated, “We meet today to declare to the world our determination to move forward in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and whatever sources.”
Prince Saud stated that the regional conference hosted by Saudi Arabia last September formed the nucleus of the international coalition against ISIS. “The contribution of the Kingdom has not been confined to participation in military operations against the group, but also has extended to include humanitarian assistance to the brotherly Iraqi people and coordination with the international community to dry up the financing sources of terrorist groups and expose the criminal nature of these groups, which are contrary to the tolerant teachings of Islam,” said Prince Saud.
“We believe that these efforts require the presence of combat troops on the ground,” said Prince Saud. “To achieve an end to the violence in Syria, there is an urgent need to strengthen the forces of moderation represented in the Free Syrian Army and all other moderate opposition forces, and to seek their annexation with the regular forces within the framework of transitional ruling authority set forth in Geneva Declaration 1, except for those who committed war crimes against humanity and stained their hands with the blood of innocent Syrians.”
Prince Saud also addressed Iraq, stating, “It requires the unity of the internal front, the restructure of the army under a collective doctrine, its rehabilitation with national and comprehensive participation by all components of the Iraqi people away from the sectarian exclusion policy with the removal of all aspects and activities of armed militias working outside the framework of the Iraqi State.”