Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have agreed to take all necessary measures to confront Islamic State and cooperate with international, regional and national efforts to combat the militants. Our Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher has this report.
The message from the Arab League meeting in Cairo is one that will hearten President Obama as he prepares to set out his strategy to counter Islamic State to the American people. The Arab ministers' endorsement of the UN Security Council resolution urging member states to stem the flows of support to the extremists will also be welcome. Funds from private Gulf citizens have helped fuel the group. But this kind of rhetoric has already been heard from Arab states along with strong new measures to tackle the threat. The question is whether they'll now fully act on them and act in unison.