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Kerry meets with Al-Sisi to drum up support against ISIS

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 00:25

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fata Al-Sisi to garner support against ISIS. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian President Abdel Fata Al-Sisi on Saturday (September 13) as he continues to drum up support from Arab nations against ISIS. Kerry has been touring the region to gather support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier to defeat Islamic State Sunni fighters. He met with Turkish leaders on Friday (September 12) to try to secure backing for U.S.-led action against Islamic State militants, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the difficulty of building a willing coalition for a complex military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry won backing earlier on Thursday (September 11) for a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State from 10 Arab countries - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition. Faced with disparate interests and goals among the region's often squabbling nations, Kerry said it was too early to say publicly what individual countries were prepared to do in a broad front to cut off funds to the militants, encourage local opposition and provide humanitarian aid.

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Kerry meets with Al-Sisi to drum up support against ISIS

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 00:25