November 14, 2019 / 7:47 PM / a month ago

Coalition fighting Islamic State had 'difference of opinion' on repatriation of detainees

U.S. special envoy for Syria and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Jim Jeffrey speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a coalition fighting Islamic State had a “difference of opinion” at a meeting in Washington on Thursday on whether jihadi detainees should be repatriated, the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey said.

“There was some difference of opinion on whether they should be repatriated or whether that should be something that countries are still going to look at and think about in more detail, but nonetheless, that is acknowledged as a significant problem,” Jeffrey told a news conference.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had urged members of the coalition ahead of the meeting to take Islamic State detainees back to their countries of origin.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Doina Chiacu and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Mary Milliken

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