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Foreign Ministers attend anti-ISIS meeting in Paris

BEIRUT |, with agencies - September 15, 2014, 13h41
French president François Hollande and Saudi Foreign Minister Saoud al-Fayçal, on Septembre 15 in Paris. Credit photo: Présidence française.
Representatives from 30 countries are meeting in Paris on Monday morning to discuss a coordinated response to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to Reuters News Agency.
The meeting, chaired by French president Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum, is being attended by representatives of the European Union, the UN and the Arab league, with goals stated as providing political support to the Iraqi government, coordinating humanitarian aid and fighting ISIS militants. Participants in the conference are looking to divide up roles in combatting ISIS. However, the conclusions will not necessarily be made public.

The congregation comes in the wake of the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by a member of ISIS on Sunday. British prime Minister David Cameron responded to this act of brutality, promising to take whatever steps necessary to defeat the ISIS ‘monsters’, without mentioning the possibility of Britain’s participation in US-led airstrikes against the Islamic militants.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has been touring the Middle East urging heads of muslim-majority countries to assist in the battle against ISIS, emphasising the importance of defeating ISIS for countries in the MENA region.

Iran and Syria, however, have not been invited to join an anti-ISIS coalition, nor to the conference in Paris. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in attendance.
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