Kerry meets with Sunni allies in Mideast to consider how to stem threat of ISIL insurgency

Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with America's top Sunni state allies in the Mideast to discuss the growing turmoil spawned by a Sunni Muslim insurgency group.

Kerry calls the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a concern and critical issue for all of the nations represented at Thursday's meeting in Paris.

They include Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Kerry also met earlier Thursday with the Sunni former prime minister of Lebanon.

Kerry said ISIL's bloody march across northern Iraq and its involvement in Syria's civil war would be a focus of the talks.

He predicts the diplomats will also discuss Iran's nuclear program and the stalled peace effort between Israel and Palestine authorities.