New Delhi: Foreign ministers from 68 countries will come together in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next step to defeat Islamic State. The first gathering of the US-lead military collation since the election of Donald Trump in November.
The militants have been losing ground in Iraq and Syria, with three separate forces, backed by the United State, Turkey and Russia, advanced on the group's Syria strong of Raqqa.
The meeting is said to be the first of the International collation since Iraqi government forces, backed by the US-led international coalition, retook several Iraqi cities from Islmaic State last year and liberated eastern Mosul.
While jihadist groups is overwhelmingly outnumbered by Iraqi forces, it has been using suicide bombs and snipers to defend its remaining strongholds.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who met with Trump in Washington on Monday, said he had won assurance of more US support in the war against Islamic State.
A statement from the meeting of White House said that Trump and Abadi agreed that "terrorism cannot be defeated by military might alone," and the two leaders called of deepening commercial ties.
Also, the discussion will focus on how to help Mosul rebuild and ways to tackle Islamic State operations in Libya and elsewhere.
While in Syria, the US-led collation has been working with an alliance of Kurdisah and Arab militants.Its current focus is to enclose and ultimately recapture Raqqa – Islamic State's base of operation in Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, who is supported by Russia and Iran, has said he saw a scope for cooperation with Trump, although he has dismissed the US- backed military against State in Syria as "only a few raids".