Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide says military efforts alone will not be enough to stop the extremist group IS. Stabilisation measures will also play an important role.
– Today, we have discussed military and political instruments and procedures. There has also been much focus on stabilization measures and looking at areas threatened by Isil to receive funding and be stabilized, says Søreide who uses another abbreviation for the extremist group IS.
Søreide is together with Foreign Minister Brende in Washington at a meeting with the US-led coalition against IS. Financing terrorism, the flow of foreign fighters and communication are also points that the coalition discussed on Thursday.
– There is a great willingness of everyone to contribute. There are many positive things and there is good progress. But no one should be fooled into thinking that this is something that can be solved quickly or by using military means only, says Søreide to NTB after the meeting.
On Wednesday the coalition discussed the ongoing fight against IS, and Søreide says a cautious optimism is evident.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today