| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Macron at the Baghdad summit: ISIS still poses a threat

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sturday, at a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in Baghdad, that “we should not be complacent” in the face of the militants, stressing that “ISIS is still a threat.”

For his part, Al-Kazemi stressed that “Iraq and France are key partners in the war against terrorism,” in statements that come during a two-day visit by the French president to Baghdad, as part of a regional conference in which a number of neighboring countries, especially Iran and Saudi Arabia, will participate.

The Presidency of the Iraqi government said in a statement, “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received French President Emmanuel Macron, upon his arrival at Baghdad airport to participate in the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership.”

Iraq will host a conference on “cooperation and partnership”, the most prominent of which is French President Macron, and includes a number of regional countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be overshadowed by developments in Afghanistan.

The correspondent of Al-Araby Al-Jadeed confirmed the arrival of official delegations from Egypt, Kuwait and Iran to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to participate in the regional conference.

Through the conference, Iraq hopes to obtain support to restore security and economic stability, and to enhance its regional role.

It is likely that the talks will focus on the rapid developments in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s control of the country, and the emergence of the “ISIS” organization, which on Thursday adopted an attack on Kabul Airport, which reinforces fears of the resurgence of its influence again, after it was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria in 2018, with the support of From an international coalition led by the United States.

Since yesterday night, hundreds of members of the Counter-Terrorism Service have deployed in and around the Green Zone, in which the conference will be held, while the army and the Federal Police have deployed in a number of areas of the capital, especially near the Green Zone and near Baghdad International Airport Street –/ MEA 24