JEDDAH: Gulf Arab states said yesterday that they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants.
But the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council said it was awaiting details from Washington and a visit to the region by US Secretary of State Department John Kerry to discuss anti-jihadist cooperation.
A GCC statement said Gulf states are ready to act “against terrorist threats that face the region and the world”.
The GCC foreign ministers also pledged a readiness to fight “terrorist ideology which is contrary to Islam”.
Kerry, in an op-ed published on Friday in the New York Times, said Washington would submit a plan to deal with the jihadists at the Security Council in September.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia underscored the threat posed by jihadists unless there is “rapid” action, in remarks quoted yesterday by Arab media.
“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” King Abdullah was quoted as telling ambassadors, including the US envoy. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he warned.