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Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia is set to host a special regional meeting in Jeddah to discuss the issue of terrorism on Thursday, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has announced.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, as well as officials from the US. The meeting will discuss the issue of terrorism in the region, extremist organizations and their ideology, and ways of combating them.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is currently on a tour of Gulf states and will attend the regional meeting in Jeddah, along with other regional foreign ministers. US Security of State John Kerry is traveling to Saudi Arabia and neighboring Jordan this week to discuss the latest regional developments, including the new Iraqi government and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and is also expected to attend the Jeddah meeting.

The announcement comes one day after Riyadh backed an Arab League resolution emphasizing the need to take quick measures to crush ISIS and other regional terrorist organizations.

During Sunday’s Arab League meeting, the organization’s Foreign Ministers’ Council ratified the recommendations made by a team of Arab counter-terrorism experts during their 16th meeting in Tunisia last August. The Council called on signatories to Arab counter-terrorism agreements to speed up the implementation of the agreement’s articles.

The council also called for Arab League members to exchange information related to terrorism, and to establish an Arab judicial cooperation network in the field of counter-terrorism, as well as urging member states to establish national and regional strategies to prevent terrorism.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers, chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, called for joint efforts to combat intellectual and financial sources of terrorism on Monday.

The cabinet called for Arab states to “take the necessary measures to maintain Arab security, [and] confront all terrorist and extremist organization . . . at all political, security, defense, judicial, media and intellectual levels,” according to the SPA.