Beirut, Lebanon – On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution binding countries to prevent their national from joining the ranks of extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Chaired by the U.S. President Barack Obama, a Security Council session was held to approve the binding resolution.
The participants stressed the importance of imposing serious restrictions on foreign fighters who join militant fighter of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), an al-Qaeda offshoot, and al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.
Obama described the resolution as “historic”, requiring all states to take efficient and urgent measures towards their nationals who are joining extremists in countries like Syria and Iraq.
“Nations must prevent the movement of terrorist or terrorist groups through their territory and ensure that domestic laws allow for prosecution of those who attempt to do so,” Obama said.
The U.N. Security Council’s resolution falls under the Chapter 7 of the United Nations’ charter.
According to reports, more than 15,000 fighters from over 80 countries have recently joined militant groups in Syria.
Reporting by: Hussam al-Zeer
Source: ARA News
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