Croatian Foreign Minister attends a meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh

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ZAGREB, May 11, 2022 – Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman participated in a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Marrakech on Wednesday, the ministry said in a press release.

The meeting was led by Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The first ministerial meeting of the coalition in Africa aimed to reaffirm the partners’ commitment to combat Daesh through increasing military and civilian actions in order to definitively defeat the terrorist organization.

The coalition strongly condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan during Ramadan by the local Daesh branch in Khorasan, supporting all victims and their families and reaffirming its determination to bring all Daesh members to justice.

The coalition said the priority was the protection of civilians and respect for international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, as well as all relevant Security Council resolutions. He also highlighted the role of women and youth in preventing radicalization and implementing deradicalization.

The main task of the coalition remains to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria as well as to stabilize the liberated territories and eliminate the causes that contributed to the rise of Daesh in Syria.

The coalition welcomed the creation of the Africa Task Force as well as the expansion of the coalition in Africa.

Grlić Radman reaffirmed Croatia’s commitment to coalition efforts and goals. In his speech, he stressed the importance of cooperation between the EU and African states, including counter-terrorism cooperation.

He recalled the deaths of workers from the Croatian company Hidroelektra in Algeria in 1993 and the execution of a Croatian national in Egypt in 2015. He expressed his deep understanding for all victims of terrorism, saying that supporting tolerance , intercultural and interreligious dialogue is one of the best defences. against terrorist propaganda and attempts to spread hatred and fear.

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