Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood decries Kerry visit

Kerry visited Jordan on Wednesday following a visit to Iraq. He was in Saudi Arabia the following day, where he met with the foreign ministers of 11 regional states to discuss measures being taken against the Islamic State and plans for a global coalition.

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood decries Kerry visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday denounced a recent visit to the Hashemite Kingdom by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan's possible inclusion in a global coalition mandated with combating the militant 'Islamist State' group.

The Brotherhood said it opposed the use of Jordanian territory by the international coalition now being built by the U.S. to confront the Islamic State presence in Iraq and Syria.

The Islamic Work Front Party, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, denounced Kerry's visit to Jordan, saying it was part of U.S. efforts to build an international alliance against the Islamic State.

The party rejected what it described as "international pressures" being heaped on Jordan to take part in a war "that is not its own."

Kerry visited Jordan on Wednesday following a visit to Iraq. He was in Saudi Arabia the following day, where he met with the foreign ministers of 11 regional states to discuss measures being taken against the Islamic State and plans for a global coalition.

The meeting comes hard on the heels of an announcement by U.S. President Barak Obama regarding a comprehensive strategy for fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

The U.S., for its part, hopes to form a 40-nation alliance to combat the militant group.

Kerry to meet Arab League chief in Cairo Saturday

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on Saturday, a diplomatic source close to the pan-Arab body has said.

Kerry is expected to brief al-Arabi about the results of a meeting held in the western Saudi city of Jeddah Thursday to tackle terror groups in the region, the source, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Arabi did not attend the Jeddah meeting, which apart from the U.S. secretary of state was also attended by the foreign ministers of 11 other countries.

AA could not immediately obtain comments from the U.S. Department of State on the visit report.

The Jeddah meeting came hard on the heels of an announcement by U.S. President Barak Obama of a comprehensive strategy for fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

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