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Defence Minister at Defeat ISIS meeting

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/05/2017

The meeting of defence ministers from the countries in the coalition against ISIS will focus on the next steps in the campaign. © Reuters The meeting of defence ministers from the countries in the coalition against ISIS will focus on the next steps in the campaign. Defence Minister Mark Mitchell is on his way to Copenhagen to attend an international Defeat-ISIS ministerial meeting.

The meeting will be on May 9 and is Mr Mitchell's first international engagement as Defence Minister.

"The fight against ISIS, also known as Daesh, is going well and the global coalition has won significant territory back and continues to degrade Daesh's capability," he said before leaving.

"However, Daesh continues to pose a significant threat to international security and we must continue to work together."

The meeting of defence ministers from the countries in the coalition against ISIS will focus on the next steps in the campaign.

"It is an excellent opportunity for me to engage with other leaders from around the world and show that New Zealand's support to the coalition remains firm," said Mr Mitchell, who was sworn in this week.

New Zealand has 106 troops at Camp Taji in Iraq, helping train local forces to fight ISIS.

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