Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition

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Tillerson, speaking as he opened the 10th Global Coalition Ministerial meeting on ISIS, added that "the United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home".

At a conference, at which Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop represented Australia, Tillerson spoke of setting up "interim zones of stability" for returning refugees - but he did not elaborate on where they would be located or how they would be secured.

Tillerson said the United States would play its part and pay its fair share of the overall operation. "I ask each country to examine how it can best support stabilisation efforts".

TILLERSON: As a coalition, we are not in the business of nation building or reconstruction.

New Zealand has contributed about $26 million since 2012 in humanitarian assistance for people caught up in violence in Syria and Iraq.

Ayrault said that top Trump officials told him they needed "a bit more time to consider their options" and that they would present them to the President in the next few weeks.

"There must be national and local level reconciliation to overcome past divisions and deliver inclusive governance".

"Pursuing policies that promote economic growth and job creation are also key to countering alienation and reducing the allure of extremism". He vowed in January to set up safe zones in Syria for refugees.

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As the officials were meeting at the State Department in Washington, the Pentagon announced that it provided an airlift for Syrian fighters taking part in an offensive west of Raqqa, in an escalation of US involvement.

"When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority".

As a candidate, Trump announced he had a secret plan to defeat ISIS, even as he was suggesting that the USA needed to pull back from acting as a world policeman and enforcer of stability.

At the State Department today, officials from 68 countries and organizations are coordinating plans to fight ISIS. They have been scattered in Libya and pressed on multiple fronts elsewhere, including Afghanistan and Africa.

"We can do it not only in Iraq but in the region".

Depicting an IS denied sanctuary in the region and thwarted in dispersing its fighters, weapons, or resources within Iraq, Syria and beyond, it undertook to help liberated communities recover from the damage and suffering inflicted by IS. "But we have our own ideas and we need to move forward".

However, Bishop set down markers on more work to be done. "Our challenge is to ensure these ideas are pushed to the fringes of our societies - there must be more Muslim moderate voices drowning out the extremists".

The US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq carried out 35 strikes consisting of 89 engagements against the Islamic State on Thursday, including 22 strikes near Raqqa, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release.

Tillerson seemed to agree, but nonetheless was wary.

Map of Great KurdistanAccording to the documents at our disposal, the US authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah. "Our end goal in this phase is the regional elimination of ISIS through military force". "We must defeat ISIS".

He also called for more American direction on peace talks being organized by the United Nations in Geneva, and he said it wasn't clear to him what Tillerson meant by "interim zones of stability".

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