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Lajčák: The war against extremists in Iraq is not fight between East and West

SLOVAK Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák condemned activities of the so- called Islamic State, calling them acts of violence committed by extremists on civilians, and adding that the escalating situation in Iraq is highly disconcerting. He made these statements at the meeting with ambassadors of EU member countries to Slovakia in Bratislava on October 13.

SLOVAK Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák condemned activities of the so- called Islamic State, calling them acts of violence committed by extremists on civilians, and adding that the escalating situation in Iraq is highly disconcerting. He made these statements at the meeting with ambassadors of EU member countries to Slovakia in Bratislava on October 13.

“This is not a fight between the east and west, nor between Christians and Muslims,” Lajčák said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “This is a fight against militants who have no qualms about anything – including murdering innocent people.”

Slovakia has offered the Iraqi government ammunition, humanitarian aid and the possibility to train mine clearance specialists, but is also considering other means of assistance, said Lajčák .

During the meeting, organised by Italian Ambassador Roberto Martini, as Italy currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Lajčák briefed the diplomats on the creation of an inter-ministerial task force designed to analyse and gather resources vis-a-vis the fight against Ebola.

“We realise that its spread can be halted by means of robust and coordinated action of the international community,” Lajčák said, as quoted by TASR. “Slovakia has chipped in financially, but we need to do more, and we’re trying to do that right now,” said Lajčák.

The officials also discussed the situation in Ukraine, with Lajčák noting that the EU should currently focus on assisting Ukraine in light of the upcoming winter. Reverse gas flow from Slovakia to Ukraine is only one of the ways to help the country, according to him.

(Source: TASR)

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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