G7 states united against Islamic State call on Russia, Iran to secure ceasefire

The G7 leaders call on the Middle Eastern states to play constructive role in eliminating the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in the region, according to the joint communique of G7 meeting in Italy’s Taormina issued on Saturday.

“We call upon all countries of the region to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to achieve inclusive political solutions, reconciliation, and peace, which are the only way to eradicate ISIS/ISIL/Da’esh [IS], other terrorist groups and violent extremism in the long-term in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and beyond,” the communique said.

The leaders of G7 countries called on Russia and Iran to exert their influence on Damascus in order to ensure implementation of the Syrian ceasefire, the joint communique of G7 meeting in Italy’s Taormina issued on Saturday read.

“Those with influence over the Syrian regime, in particular Russia and Iran, must do their utmost to use that influence to stop this tragedy, beginning with the enforcement of a real ceasefire, stopping the use of chemical weapons, ensuring safe, immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need, and releasing any arbitrarily detained persons, as well as allowing free access to its prisons. To this end, we hope that the Astana agreement [on the establishment of safe zones] can contribute effectively to de-escalating violence,” the communique read.

G7 members are Italy, Canada, France, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. Invited guests are Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tunisia.