Mr. Secretary General, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Secretary General and the briefers for their contributions. I am pleased this briefing on foreign terrorist fighters has drawn so many high-level officials in charge of counter terrorism actions. This clearly demonstrates the importance and urgency of the matter we are discussing today.
Today’s briefing is taking place eight months after the adoption of resolution 2178 at the Security Council summit meeting chaired by President Obama, and six months after the high-level Australian debate. This allows us to take stock of progress in implementing resolution 2178 and address existing gaps in tackling the FTF phenomenon.