The UAE is “ready to join a coordinated international response” to combat Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria, the ambassador to Washington has said, signalling that Abu Dhabi is prepared to contribute to international military action against the militants.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal two days before the US secretary of state meets with foreign ministers from the GCC, Jordan and Egypt to convince them to take part in US-led efforts against ISIL, Yousef Al Otaiba also said that a strategy limited to only fighting that group and not Islamist militancy more broadly would ultimately fail.

“The Islamic State may be the most obvious and dominant threat at present, but it is far from the only one,” Mr Al Otaiba wrote. “An international response must confront dangerous Islamist extremists of all stripes across the region”, including Al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Libya and Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. […]