ISIS: Gentiloni, Italy's role adequate for the moment

"And it is highly appreciated by coalition"

10 December, 11:13

    Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

    (ANSAmed) - WASHINGTON - Italy's contribution in the anti-ISIS coalition ''is for the moment considered adequate to needs, as well as being appreciated'', Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told a press conference in Washington, responding to a question over the deployment of 1,500 soldiers by coalition members, announced by Commander James Terry.

    ''Italy is also engaged on a humanitarian level, both regarding Syria and Kurdistan. On a military level, we have provided light weapons and munitions to the peshmerga, in agreement with the government of Baghdad. We are sending 280 trainers, also in the area of Erbil, in agreement with the Iraqi government. We have several assets in Kuwait, four Tornados and two Predators, all with a non-combat but recognition mission''.

    ''A lot depends on the political evolution both in Iraq, where a few steps forward have been taken towards a greater inclusion by the government of Kurds and Sunni communities, and in Syria, where we are supporting the position of UN envoy, Staffan De Mistura, who is trying to progress one step at a time - by seeking local truces, starting if possible from Aleppo, Syria's second most important city'', continued the minister.

    According to Gentiloni, ''political progress is as important as military action of containment, which has obtained some results, but will not on its own quickly resolve the challenge posed by ISIS''.(ANSAmed).

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