Egypt says Jeddah meeting to seek 'comprehensive vision' on fighting IS

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Sep 2014

Meeting in Saudi Arabia with US Secretary of State John Kerry and top regional diplomats will tackle 'phenomena' of the Islamic State's terrorism

File Photo: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri attends a joint news conference with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani in Baghdad, July 11, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Thursday's meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and regional foreign ministers will seek to establish a "comprehensive vision" over dealing with the threat of the Islamic State (IS), Al-Ahram's Arabic news website said Wednesday.

Shoukry, speaking in a press conference held with Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Djibrill Bassole on Wednesday, said that such a plan aims to encounter the phenomena of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.

"This is leading to the absence of stability in several regional states; the Jeddah meeting will plan to face IS as an extremist organisation and put an end to ideas that defame Islam," he said.

Egypt's top diplomat argued that one way to confront terrorist movements should come through "tackling the political problems that pushed their emergence and armed achievements."

He gave examples of countries such as Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Iraq and Syria.

In addition to the US, the Jeddah gathering will include top diplomats from Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey as well as six Gulf states.

US President Barack Obama will give a speech at 0100 GMT on Wednesday to outline his strategy against IS, Reuters reported.

The president briefed senior congressional leaders on his plan on Tuesday, and an aide to House Speaker John Boehner stirred speculation that he could order US troops back to Iraq on a mission strictly limited to training their Iraqi counterparts and to call in air strikes against IS forces.

"The speaker stated he would support the president if he chose to deploy the military to help train and play an advisory role for the Iraqi security forces and assist with the lethal targeting of IS leadership," AFP quoted the aide as saying.

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