Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated that “ISIS or terrorism is not defeated yet,” during an address to the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.
“We have heard, in the last couple of days, people are talking about terrorism being defeated, ISIS being defeated,” stated Al Thani, who is also Qatar’s deputy prime minister.
“We can’t, we have to put it in a way that there are territories being liberated but ISIS or terrorism is not defeated yet,” he stressed.
He explained, “the ideology is still there, the people are still there, and the causes of recruitment are still valid.”
The Qatari foreign minister’s remarks follow US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he may soon declare the defeat of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). “The Caliphate is ready to fall,” Trump wrote in a Tweet on Saturday.
Al Thani also denounced what he saw as an inadequate level of dialogue among countries in the Middle East. “Our regional security is under threat, and there is no dialogue between the countries, there is no coordination, there is no cooperation between any of us,” he stated.