From: Paul Conner
Sent: Friday, April 1, 2016 4:30 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: In town pool 5: Closing session on ISIS
Obama made five minutes of remarks at the summit's closing session starting at 3:56 p.m. The session was focused on the ISIS threat. Highlights:
"The majority of the nations here are part of the global coalition against ISIL. A number of our countries have been targeted by ISIL attacks, and just about all our countries have seen citizens join ISIL in Syria and Iraq, so this is a threat to us all. In Syria and Iraq, ISIL continues to lose ground. That's the good news. The coalition continues to take out its leaders, including those planning considerable terrorist attacks. They are losing their oil infrastructure, they are losing their revenues. Morale is suffering. The flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq has slowed even as the threat of foreign fighters returning and committing acts of horrific violence remains all too real. As ISIL is squeezed in Syria and Iraq, we anticipate it latching on elsewhere as we have seen most recently and tragically in countries from Turkey to Brussels."
He said the urgency of the fight against ISIL in Syria and Iraq should infuse the efforts to prevent attacks around the world.
"We need to do even more to prevent the flow of foreign terrorist fighters." He said the US deployed has search teams to Europe to bolster these efforts, and that more teams are headed there in the future.
"We all have a role to play. We're all going to have to do more when it comes to intelligence sharing. We simply cannot afford to have critical intelligence not being shared," either within governments or among governments.
He said that despite the differences among the nations, people have "common aspirations" to live in peace.
"The fight against ISIL will continue to be difficult, but together we are making real progress, and I am absolutely confident that we will prevail and destroy this violent organization."
He said compared to ISIL's "vision of death and destruction," the gathered nations offer a hopeful vision "focused on what we can build for our people."
POTUS was flanked by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria, on his right and Prime Minister David Cameron, United Kingdom, on his left.
Pool was ushered out after Obama's remarks. Press conference upcoming.
The Daily Caller