G7 backs intensified fight against ISIS

G7 foreign ministers stand together after placing wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP)

Group of Seven foreign ministers on Monday pledged support for the US-led coalition to “intensify and accelerate” its fight against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria.

“Terrorism is an urgent global security threat that requires international collaboration and unified responses,” they said in a statement at the end of a two-day meeting in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

“We strongly support the (Global) Coalition’s resolve to intensify and accelerate the campaign against” ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The remarks come as the US-led coalition is stepping up pressure on ISIS, which has suffered a string of territorial losses in recent months in both Iraq and Syria.

The coalition is carrying out air strikes against the militant group, and is also providing training and arms to Iraqi forces.

“In response to the current threat level, we are working on a G7 action plan on countering terrorism that will include concrete measures to enhance G7 and international counterterrorism efforts”, they said, adding that it would be adopted at a G7 leaders’ summit in Japan next month.

The G7 consists of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and the US. The foreign policy chief of the European Union also participated in this week’s meeting.

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