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Italy: ‘2017 could be the year of the final defeat of Daesh’ - Italian FM02:53

Italy: ‘2017 could be the year of the final defeat of Daesh’ - Italian FM

Italy, Milan
December 1, 2016 at 05:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian Foreign Minister Paulo Gentiloni said that “2017 could be the year of the final defeat” of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Milan on Thursday.

Speaking during a session of the Mediterranean Dialogues Forum which kicked off the same day, Gentiloni said:

"I think that we all know 2017 could be the year of the final defeat of Daesh,” and iterated the need not to “underestimate the defeats in Sirte, Mosul, Raqqah” which amounted to an “extraordinary result.”

He recognized the magnitude of the task of defeating IS, pointing out that the challenge “will go on and we must understand that it will be not only be a military one, but it will cross military, economic and cultural dimensions.”

The foreign minister also expressed the government’s intention to work with the US President-elect Donald Trump, stating that “Italy is ready to collaborate with the Trump administration in order to contribute to the balance of our region.”

Italy: ‘2017 could be the year of the final defeat of Daesh’ - Italian FM02:53
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Italian Foreign Minister Paulo Gentiloni said that “2017 could be the year of the final defeat” of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Milan on Thursday.

Speaking during a session of the Mediterranean Dialogues Forum which kicked off the same day, Gentiloni said:

"I think that we all know 2017 could be the year of the final defeat of Daesh,” and iterated the need not to “underestimate the defeats in Sirte, Mosul, Raqqah” which amounted to an “extraordinary result.”

He recognized the magnitude of the task of defeating IS, pointing out that the challenge “will go on and we must understand that it will be not only be a military one, but it will cross military, economic and cultural dimensions.”

The foreign minister also expressed the government’s intention to work with the US President-elect Donald Trump, stating that “Italy is ready to collaborate with the Trump administration in order to contribute to the balance of our region.”

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