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Key Mideast allies commit to opposing ISIS

4 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 11 2014 Sep 11, 2014 September 11, 2014 5:26 PM September 11, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Arab allies are promising to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants.

Secretary of State John Kerry met in Saudi Arabia today with his counterparts from 10 Arab states. In a joint statement following the session, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon pledged to stand against terrorism. They promised steps including stopping the flow of fighters and funding, repudiating the Islamic State group's ideology, providing humanitarian aid and joining in a coordinated military campaign.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal says coalition members agreed to share responsibilities for fighting the Islamic State group, as well as to "be serious and continuous" in efforts to eliminate all such terrorist organizations.

Turkey also attended the meeting, but the NATO member refused to sign the final communique. Ankara has been reluctant to take a prominent role in the coalition, in part out of concern for the 49 Turkish citizens who were kidnapped from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when it was overrun by Islamic State fighters in June.

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