Arab League agreed to join global coalition to counter IS militants

Sep 8, 2014 17:17 IST

The 22-nation Arab League on 7 September 2014 agreed to join the global coalition to counter the threat of jihadist militants from the Islamic State Group. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held in Cairo, Egypt. In the decision, the foreign ministers of the Arab League decided to block the funds of the militants as the first step.

The Arab League adopted the UN Security Council Resolution by chocking funds and stopping the flow of foreign fighters to the radical Islamic extremists. The UN resolution was passed in August 2014 and called on the member states to act to stem the flow of logistical, military and financial support to ISIS, the extremists in Iraq and Syria.

As per the decision, the League will cooperate with all international, regional and national efforts that are on or has been initiated to combat the militant groups. The league’s Secretary General, Nabil Al Arabi said that the rise of the jihadist militants is a challenge which has to be confronted on all fronts, militarily as well as financially.

But the League has yet not cleared that will they directly join the military action to confront the jihadists. The Arab League includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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