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Meeting Of Foreign Ministers Of The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS At NATO HQ

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hosted a meeting with the foreign ministers of select members of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the sidelines of the NATO Summit on July 12.

The Coalition recognized the extraordinary effort made by the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat ISIS and to continue to secure liberated territory and local populations from this barbaric enemy. In keeping with the Guiding Principles that the Coalition unanimously affirmed in February, the Coalition discussed the importance of the enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and the Coalition’s collective denial of ISIS’s global ambitions. The Ministers welcomed the presentation from Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq’s $500 million pledge to support stabilization programs in liberated areas in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme. Members also unanimously commended NATO’s formal launch of the non-combat training mission for Iraq.

Ministers also welcomed the continued efforts and progress by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to liberate the remaining pockets of ISIS-held territory in eastern Syria. The SDF continue to work with the Coalition and its partners on the ground to clear the final vestiges of ISIS territorial control and to secure the Syria-Iraq border. ISIS has historically exploited transit routes along the Iraq-Syria border in order to attack and destabilize both countries. To ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS, we must continue to eliminate these and other cross-border networks.

This meeting was also an opportunity for Ministers to discuss and pledge immediate stabilization assistance to support areas of Syria liberated from ISIS in Coalition-supported operations. Coalition-funded stabilization programming remains key to securing D-ISIS military gains and will remain integral to stabilizing liberated terrain and addressing drivers of extremism. ISIS has not reclaimed any areas that it has lost in Coalition-supported operations and Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the critical need for stabilization assistance to maintain this record. Even in the most difficult environments, such as Raqqa, Coalition-supported partners are clearing explosive remnants of war; delivering humanitarian assistance; removing rubble; restoring essential services like electricity, healthcare and water; and creating the conditions for IDPs to voluntarily return home. In Raqqa, this assistance is supporting 138,000 residents who have returned since the city’s liberation last October. In Tabqa, Coalition assistance has enabled the refurbishment of the Tabqa Hospital, which ISIS used as one of its command centers in northeast Syria. Today, as a result of this Coalition assistance, approximately 500,000 people in the Tabqa area can now access emergency and maternal care.

The Coalition meets regularly to coordinate, and enhance combined efforts to defeat ISIS, both at the senior leaders and working group level. The last meeting of foreign ministers of Coalition leaders took place on February 13 at the Ministerial level in Kuwait. In June, Coalition Political Directors met in Morocco, raising $90 million for our stabilization programs in Northeast Syria.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on the margins of the NATO Summit in Brussels. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Saudi Arabia’s strong partnership and reiterated our commitment to further deepening U.S.-Saudi cooperation. The two covered a broad range of regional and bilateral issues, especially the need to address the full array of threats posed by Iran.

On Yemen, the Secretary and Foreign Minister agreed on the importance of all sides supporting the UN-led political process, facilitating critical humanitarian and commercial access, and working toward a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict. The Secretary emphasized the President’s desire to see the Gulf dispute eased and eventually resolved, and his hope that our Gulf partners will work together to promote regional security and stability, and stand against Iran’s destabilizing activities.

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Minister For The Middle East Travels To The US And Saudi Arabia

Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, will begin a four-day trip today to Washington (12th-13th July) and Riyadh (14th-15th July)

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

During his visit to Washington he will meet with senior US policymakers working on the Middle East and North Africa, including members of the House and Senate Foreign Affairs and Relations Committees. Mr Burt will also participate in a meeting with the House Foreign Affairs Committee alongside Ambassadors from Germany and France on Iran and wider Middle East issues.

In Riyadh, Mr Burt will meet with Ministers from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Foreign Minister of Yemen.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Burt said:

As the President of the United States makes his first official visit to the UK, my meetings in Washington are emblematic of the of the breadth and depth of the cooperation between our two countries, not least on Middle East and North Africa issues. Over the last few months we have worked together both bilaterally and through international organisations to address the situations in Syria and Yemen, our troops continue to fight together against the scourge of Daesh, and our aid organisations cooperate at every level.

In Riyadh I will be discussing the full range of issues impacting the Middle East region, both with my Saudi counterparts and with the Foreign Minister of Yemen. Together we will reinforce that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, and we will discuss how best to work with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to achieve a political solution.

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan And Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Of The United Arab Emirates

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Abu Dhabi with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. The Secretary thanked the Crown Prince and the Foreign Minister for the United Arab Emirates’ strong partnership and longtime friendship with the United States. The Secretary expressed his appreciation for the United Arab Emirates’ substantial commitments in Syria and Iraq, and the officials agreed to continue collaborating to enhance regional security. They also discussed how to further strengthen robust bilateral economic and trade ties.

On Yemen, the Secretary, Crown Prince, and Foreign Minister agreed on the importance of all sides supporting the UN-led political process, facilitating critical humanitarian and commercial access, and working toward a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict.

The Secretary emphasized the President’s desire to see the Gulf dispute eased and eventually resolved, and his hope that our Gulf partners will work jointly and in unity to promote regional security and stability, and stand against Iran’s destabilizing activities.

President Of The American Islamic Forum For Democracy, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser To Testify To The Subcommittee On National Security Of The House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform On: “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Threat”

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

On July 11 at 10am, ET, on Capitol Hill in room 2154, building Rayburn Hob, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of AIFD will testy to the Sub-Committee on National Security of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Muslim Brotherhood’s global threat.

Dr. Jasser is privileged to join an esteemed panel that includes Dr. Hillel Fradkin, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the minority witness, the Honorable Daniel Benjamin Norman E. McCulloch Jr., Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth University to discuss the growing global threat of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Please tune in to the CSPAN live feed tomorrow as Dr. Jasser will share his strong belief that the Muslim Brotherhood should be designated a foreign terrorist organization. Dr. Jasser will testify that now, almost 17 years since 9/11 we have been playing an endless whack-a-mole program against the various militant Islamist byproducts of the Muslim Brotherhood and no administration to this point has had the courage to actually identify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Dr. Jasser will testify to the fact that there is nothing more pro-Muslim and helpful to the global Muslim communities than to begin the long overdue process of marginalizing the stranglehold which the Muslim Brotherhood network has on our local, national and global communities. He will testify that the best way to do that is to designate Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

Dr. Jasser will testify to the unmistakable linkage between not only the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood but the Muslim Brotherhood organizations in Yemen, Syria, Kuwait, Libya, and across the Middle East with other radical militant Islamist organizations including Al-Qeada, Islamic jihad, and other known terrorist organizations.

It is long overdue for the United States to recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization and one of its primary enemies ideologically around the world.

We will provide his full written testimony submitted to the Committee as soon as it is publicly available. His full written testimony will be distributed here and available on our website.

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About AIFD
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is a non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Ariz. dedicated to providing an American Muslim voice advocating genuine Muslim reform against Islamism and the ideologies which fuel global Muslim radicalization. AIFD’s mission is to advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. In December 2015, AIFD convened and helped launch the Muslim Reform Movement, a coalition of over 12 Muslim organizations and leaders dedicated to reform for values of peace, human rights and secular governance.

About M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.
Dr. Jasser is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a think tank dedicated to protecting American national security against the global threat of Islamism. AIFD promotes reform-minded Muslim voices for liberty and is shaking the hold which Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood have upon Muslim leadership. Dr. Jasser is the author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith”. He is also founder of Take Back Islam and a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement.

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