Cairo: Arab states agreed on Sunday to take the "necessary measures" to confront Islamic State militants, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said, after a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo.
At the start of meeting, Arabi had called for a political and military confrontation with the jihadists and other militants he said threatened the existence of Arab states.
The final statement he read out stopped short of explicitly backing US air strikes on the jihadists who control swathes of Iraq and Syria.
"The Arab foreign ministers have agreed to take the necessary measures to confront terrorist groups including" IS, Arabi said at a news conference.
The ministers agreed to "take all measures to counter terrorism: political, security and ideological," he said.