Obama to host world leaders for meeting over DAESH

White House announces President Obama will host world leaders this week for meeting discussing fight against DAESH

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

US President Barack Obama speaks during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, December 19, 2014.

US President Barack Obama will host world leaders to discuss the fight against DAESH this week, the White House announced on Monday.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said that the meeting on the sidelines of the nuclear summit in Washington DC will center on the anti-DAESH coalition’s efforts to degrade and destroy the terrorist organisation.

It will focus on the “broader threat” the group poses rather than a specific nuclear dimension, he added.

Earnest did not say when the meeting will take place and who will attend the meeting. Representatives from 51 countries are expected to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.

The meeting will also discuss the Brussels attack on March 22 claimed by DAESH.

Earnest said that improvements have been made on information sharing between the US and the country's European allies and this collaboration will continue as officials in Brussels continue their investigation.

"And the attacks that we have seen should serve as a reminder of how critically important it is for the basic fundamentals of intelligence and national security procedures need to be followed," he said.

Obama will separately host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday.

"This meeting will be an opportunity for the three leaders to discuss common responses to the threat posed by North Korea and to advance areas of trilateral security cooperation in the region and globally," the White House said.

TRTWorld and agencies