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Kerry to visit Egypt to push anti-ISIS coalition

12 September 2014, 09:32

Cairo - US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cairo on Saturday as Washington seeks to build an international coalition to counter Islamic State jihadists, an Arab League official said on Thursday.

Ten Arab states agreed in Jeddah on Thursday to rally behind Washington in the fight against the group.

Kerry will meet League chief Nabil al-Arabi "to brief the secretary general on the results of the Jeddah conference", a senior League official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Egypt's state news agency MENA confirmed the meeting would take place, and a senior Egyptian official also speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed Kerry would visit, without divulging details about his programme.

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In Jeddah on Thursday, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates agreed to "do their share" in the fight against IS.

The statement came at the conclusion of a meeting in the Saudi Red Sea resort between Kerry and his Arab counterparts.



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