[07/December/2018] SANAA, Dec. 7 (Saba) - Canada Defense Minister Harjit Sagan announced Thursday after an international meeting near Ottawa that the fate of about 700 foreign fighters detained in Syria will be determined by the countries from which they originate.
"All countries must follow their own mechanism," Sagan said at a meeting attended by ministers and security officials from 13 countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. "Many efforts have been made in detention centers to ensure their suitability for" Western "standards.
US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse said the Syrian Democratic forces had imprisoned them and were from about 40 countries.
He added that Washington hoped that the countries from which the fighters came from "return them because the Syrian democratic forces can not really arrest them in the long term."
Some member countries of the International Coalition have repeatedly stated that they do not want to return these fighters to their territory because of the difficulties of collecting information about them.