"Today's meeting was a good opportunity for us to discuss the phenomenon from different aspects, and probe its roots and causes in-depth, and we expressed keenness to come out with an unified vision on how to combat it militarily, security and intelligence wise, economically, politically and intellectually," a news agency quoted Prince Saud as saying on Thursday in a joint conference held after a meeting in Jeddah.

The regional meeting to formulate a strategy to counter terrorism was attended by foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey as also US Secretary of State John Kerry.The GCC comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The minister said that any security move against terror should be accompanied by efforts like cutting financing and the flow of weapons to militant groups, adding that the participants in the meeting were keen to deal with terrorism strategically and comprehensively that is not confined to a single country.

He highlighted the spread of Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, enabling the Sunni militant group to move freely into the Syrian territories with all its forces and equipment using the place as a safe haven when trying to evade heavy shelling in Iraq.

Prince Saud also said that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud saw the IS threat coming a long time ago and had warned about the threat imposed by it in the region.

"It is shameful that those terrorists are doing this in the name of our religion, killing innocent people, mutilating their dead bodies and speaking proudly for this in the name of the religion which is innocent, thus defaming the profile of Islam, which in fact a pure, human and correct religion," the Saudi King had said in August last year.

Prince Saud said that the meeting discussed the instable political situations in some countries where terrorism was rearing its head, a matter that necessitated intensifying political efforts to rectify the situations in those countries so that their citizens could come together regardless of their religious sects and social ethnicity.

He also lauded US President Barack Obama's call of action against terrorists in the region.

US Congress may vote next week on Obama attack plan

US lawmakers may wait until next week or beyond to vote on training and equipping Syrian rebels in order to debate President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat militant extremists in Iraq and Syria.
Several House Republicans emerged from a caucus meeting today to say a quick vote on authorization to empower vetted, moderate Syrian rebels was looking less likely.
"We may end up being here an extra week," congresswoman Marsha Blackburn told reporters. "It's important to address this and it's important to get it right."
Lawmakers are set to depart Washington next today and hit the campaign trail until the mid-term congressional elections on November 4.
That leaves precious few days to work through Obama's strategy, which includes expanding US air strikes into Syria against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and training rebels such as the Free Syrian Army.
House Speaker John Boehner said he personally backed Obama's plan, but that caucus members were worried that the broader Obama strategy was insufficient.
"If our goal is to eliminate ISIL, there's a lot of doubt whether the plan that was outlined by the president last night is enough to accomplish that mission," Boehner told reporters.

"We'll make a decision sometime next week on how we will proceed."
After Boehner spoke, House leadership advised lawmakers that the chamber may consider legislation related to Obama's strategy "as early as Tuesday."
The Pentagon has been waging an air campaign against jihadist positions in Iraq, and the White House and top lawmakers generally agree Obama has the authority to conduct such attacks in Syria.
But he wants swift congressional authorization for building up moderate forces inside Syria who could help defeat IS.
Congressman Reid Ribble expressed a willingness to authorize the president to aid the rebels, saying "I'm more toward that than being opposed to it."

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