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Austrian leader expects US to discuss IS fighters during visit

Austria’s leader says he expects US officials to bring up their desire for European countries to take back captured Islamic State group fighters when he visits Washington this week, but he is “very cautious” on the issue.

Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz at the AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem, June 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow. The Austria Press Agency reports that he told reporters in Vienna today: “I don’t think you can really prepare for a meeting with Donald Trump.”

However, he said he assumes the Americans will bring up European citizens who fought for IS in Syria after Trump demanded allies take them back and try them. Kurz said there are a few cases that Austria will examine.

He added: “We are very cautious here. For us, protecting the Austrian population of course takes priority.”

— AP

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