U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is discouraging Arab nations from sending financial support to even moderate opposition Sunni groups in Syria, saying he fears the aid could be used to help the growing insurgency in Iraq. (June 22)
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Cairo, Egypt - 22 June 2014
1. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, US Secretary of State:
"The message to any country from anywhere, or any individual from anywhere, is that there is no safety margin whatsoever in funding a group like ISIL (The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). And we particularly discourage individuals in the region, who may have been sending money through some innocent charity, or through various back channel initiatives under the guise that it's for the general welfare and benefit of people that have been displaced. But then that money finds its way into the hands of terrorists."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is discouraging Arab nations from sending financial support to even moderate opposition Sunni groups in Syria.
He fears the aid could be used to help the growing insurgency in Iraq.
Kerry says he delivered that message to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during their meeting Sunday in Cairo.
Kerry says he plans to make the same case to other leaders in Sunni-dominated Arab states over the next several days.
Kerry says the region's security is facing a critical moment as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gains ground in Iraq.
The group has taken over parts of Syria in what is rapidly deteriorating into a cross-border war.
He'll urge Arab states to work together to defeat the group.