Italy giving aid, arms against ISIS, Mogherini

Act swiftly on 'global threat', says FM after Paris summit

15 September, 14:52

    Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - Italy is sending arms and aid to Iraq against Islamic State (ISIS) but won't take part in air operations against the militants, Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said after a Paris summit Monday.

    Asked if Italy would follow the first French reconnaissance planes joining the US air effort, Mogherini replied: "No, Italy has decided to send arms, munitions, and above all material for humanitarian support, which is a priority".

    Islamic State (ISIS) poses "a global threat that knows no borders," Mogherini said. "We are all agreed on the need to act together, on the sense of urgency: act quickly, act together", Italian Foreign Minister added.

    A statement issued by the 30 countries taking part pledged to help Iraq fight ISIS "by any means necessary". ISIS at the weekend beheaded a third Western hostage, British aid worker David Haines, sparking outrage and stiffening the international resolve to combat the militants who have carved swathes of Syria and Iraq into a self-proclaimed caliphate.(ANSAmed).

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