United States Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson announced on February 13 in Kuwait the membership of Philippines to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS.
“Today’s meeting of the 74 members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS – and we were able to announce today it’s now 75 members because we welcomed the Philippines – this hosting by Kuwait is the kind of leadership that marks Kuwait’s efforts throughout this entire campaign,” Tillerson said during a press briefing with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah in Kuwait.
“The global coalition has made outstanding progress, but the fight is not over. ISIS’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria has crumbled, but ISIS remains a very determined enemy and is not yet defeated,” he said.
“We remain committed to destroying ISIS wherever it may be, denying its ability to recruit, move foreign terrorist fighters, transfer funds, and spread their false propaganda across the internet and other social media vehicles,” he added.
Tillerson noted that ISIS has evolved “so has the coalition.”
“The enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria means all members of the coalition must support and sustain the post-ISIS stabilization efforts. This means continuing to provide essential aid and services to communities which are only now starting to rebuild. It also includes the presence of effective forces to help secure liberated areas and facilitate the safe return of internally displaced persons,” he said.
The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS was established on September 10, 2014.