US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino called for the repatriation of foreigners who traveled to Syria to fight and/or join the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) so they could be prosecuted while speaking to the press in Washington DC on Tuesday.
“Repatriating these foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin, ensuring that they’re prosecuted and detained, that’s the best solution to preventing them from returning to the battlefield. We view these fighters as a global threat and we seek global cooperation to resolve that threat,” Palladino said.
He went on to say that there were “no timelines to discuss” regarding the US withdrawal from Syria, but that it would be “coordinated and we’re going to continue to work together to fight ISIS.”
Palladino also commented on the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, which will be their second face-to-face meeting.
“We remain confident in the commitments made by President Trump and Chairman Kim that those commitments made at the Singapore summit will be fulfilled,” Palladino said.
Mandatory Credit: US Department of State