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Iraq minister calls for global support against ISIS as France says to propose conference

Published on Aug 20, 2014 6:42 PM
 
File picture taken on September 29, 2011 shows US freelance reporter James Foley (left) on the highway between the airport and the West Gate of Sirte, Libya. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari urged the world on Wednesday to back his country against Islamic State (ISIS) militants as French President Francois Hollande said he would arrange a conference next month on the ISIS threat in Iraq, describing the current international situation as "the most serious since 2001". -- PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD/PARIS (AFP, REUTERS) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari urged the world on Wednesday to back his country against Islamic State (ISIS) militants as French President Francois Hollande said he would arrange a conference next month on the ISIS threat in Iraq, describing the current international situation as "the most serious since 2001".

In the wake of the release of a video by ISIS purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, Mr Zebari told Reuters that Islamic State was a threat to the world, not just to Iraq's minority ethnic groups whose members it has killed in its latest sweep through the north.

Mr Zebari and other Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had earlier rejoined the administrationMr Zebari said. "I am back in Baghdad as foreign minister," Mr Zebari told Reuters. Mr Maliki had infuriated Kurdish leaders by accusing them of harboring terrorists after ISIS militants swept through northern Iraq in June.

In France, President Francois Hollande told Le Monde daily he would soon propose a conference on the security situation in Iraq and the fight against ISIS.

 
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