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Kerry discusses IS with Arab League chief

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement on the execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, September 3, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Islamic State threat with the head of the Arab League, ahead of the group’s next round of discussions. The Arab League is due to hold a ministerial meeting in Cairo on Sunday to address fast-moving changes in the region. Kerry and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi “discussed the need for the Arab League and its members to take a strong position in the coalition that is developing against ISIL,” a senior State Department official said, using one of the acronyms by which the Islamic State is known. Both men agreed that Iraq is on the frontline in the struggle against IS “and that Iraq, the United States, the region, and the international community must stand together to assist Iraq in facing this threat,” the official said.

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