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Ten Arab states agree on joining forces against ISIL

posted on 12/09/2014: 1359 views



JEDDAH: Ten Arab countries incluing six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, and the United States have agreed to combine forces to confront and destroy the terrorist group known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wherever they exist in Iraq and Syria and to combat all forms of terrorism.

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State, represented U.A.E. to the meeting which was chaired by Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud Al Faisal, and which brought together the foreign ministers of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, and Turkey with US Secretary of State, Johm Kerry, and Secretay-General of Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi.

A joint statement which Turkey did not join said that the participants had discussed a borad strategy to destroy ISIL wherever it is, including in both Iraq and Syria.

The statement affirmed that the ten Arab states and United States share a commitment to a unified stance against the danger of terrorism to the region and the whole world. The eleven states agreed to do their share in the all-out war on ISIL.

The joint statement also endorsed a broad strategy to curtail ISIL's financing and counter the ideology of extremism.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal, in a joint press conferece with Mr. Kerry following the talks, said that regional countries were determined to confront the scourge of terrorism and that there was no disagreement about this between Turkey and any country participating country.

Al Faisal said the meeting in Jeddah provided a good opportunity to discuss the roots of terrorism in the region and to come up with a unified vision for combating it through military, security, economic, intelligence, political and intellectual ways.

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