‘You created ISIS!’ Press conference scandal mars Kerry’s visit to Italy
‘US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”
The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.
“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.
The woman was dragged away from the conference by the Carabinieri.’
After meeting with Gentiloni, Kerry said he was convinced that the US-led international coalition would “crush ISIS”eventually. His Italian counterpart expressed much more caution.
“There have been steps forward on the ground with respect to the Paris summit. But no triumphalism is warranted, we must continue the armed effort in Iraq,” Gentiloni said.
He added that in the fight against IS “important progress has been made,” although “we are faced with a very resilient organization and therefore we must not underestimate it.”