US hosts anti-ISIS meeting of 68 nations, fails to invite Russia and Iran

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‘A high-profile ministerial meeting of 68 US-led coalition nations fighting against ISIS will be hosted by Washington in two weeks. It will not include two prominent players in the region actively fighting ISIS – Russia and Iran.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet delegates from other members of the 68-strong coalition fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on March 22-23.

The summit is meant to “accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates, and networks,” according to a State Department statement.

The meeting in Washington will be the first of its scale since December 2014, shortly after the US-led coalition was formed…

…He added that Russia will not be part of the summit because “they’re not part of the global coalition.”

The expected snub did not go unnoticed in Moscow.’

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