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IS, foreign fighters in the crosshairs at Rome summit


Rome, Feb 14 (IANS/AKI) Foreign fighters for IS are the focus of a summit of 15 Defence Ministers from the global coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group taking place here on Tuesday, at which the US is reportedly asking to send more police to war-wracked and possibly to

During the meeting at Villa Madama, the ministers are also examining the reconstruction of areas of and liberated from IS. The summit is being attended by US James Mattis, who will also have a bilateral meeting with Italy's

On Monday, Mattis held talks in with Italy's "on the close defence alliance between the US and Italy, built on a long history of mutual respect and shared values," the said.

"Relations between and the US are excellent. We aim to strengthen our joint commitments in the area of defence and international security," Pinotti said in a statement

Discussions between Pinotti and Mattis also covered the international arena, the ongoing battle against IS and other terrorist groups, with special reference to the region, as well as bilateral ties and industrial cooperation, the statement said.

Mattis praised Italy's contribution in various conflict zones around the world, including and He hailed Italy's prominent role and "maximum commitment and cooperation in tackling security threats" in the and in turmoil-wracked

"has significant historical experience and shares with us a common interest in forming a stable, united government there (in Libya)," the said.

Mattis is on seven-day trip to this week "to re-affirm key partnerships and alliances".



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 00:16 IST