On February 13, 2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin took part in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS ministerial meeting held in Kuwait and co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Khaled As-Sabah and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
About 80 countries and international organizations - partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS participated in the event, represented mostly at the ministerial level.
During the session, which has been the first Coalition meeting since the liberation of about 98% of the territories of Syria and Iraq from ISIS control, the Ministers discussed ways the Coalition can help protect against a resurgence of ISIS in Iraq and Syriam, and promote stabilization, reintegration, and rehabilitation.
During the meeting, the participants adopted the Guiding Principles of consistent Coalition commitment to defeat ISIS as the most dangerous example of international terrorism.
With ISIS continuing to adapt its global network, the Coalition expressed its commitment to leverage its global reach by employing its expertise in and through existing national, multilateral, and regional counterterrorism structures.
In his speech during the session, dedicated to the issue of neutralizing networks and branches of global ISIS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin emphasized that Ukraine, being a member of the Coalition, fully shares its values, principles, as well as strategic goals to defeat ISIS in all its forms and manifestations. Ukraine will continue to contribute into the fighting against ISIS, in particular through its participation in the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) Working Group.
At the margins of the conference Pavlo Klimkin held pull-aside meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia J. Bishop and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey M.Cavuchoglu.
The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS was held simultaneously with the Kuwait International Conference of Iraq Reconstruction and Development, held on February 12-14, 2018, and co-chaired by the Governments of Kuwait and Iraq, the UN, the EU and the World Bank.