Egypt to participate in int’l meeting to fight IS
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

CAIRO: Egypt and seven other Arab countries are expected to participate in an international meeting in London Thursday to coordinate efforts against the Islamic State, Arabic spokesperson of the British Foreign Ministry Farah Dakhlallah told Al-Ahram Tuesday.

The one-day meeting will be hosted by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The foreign ministers of about 20 member states of the coalition against the Islamic State group will meet at Lancaster House in central London to discuss progress so far on tackling the Islamist militants who occupy territories in Iraq and Syria, Al-Ahram reported.

Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE will participate in the one-day talks, according to Dakhlallah.

“It’s vital that we consider what more we can all do to tackle the issue of foreign fighters, to clamp down on ISIS’ financing, to step up humanitarian assistance and continue our coordinated military campaign,” Hammond told the Daily Telegraph Sunday.

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