Amid IS violence, Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to West
US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah has warned that the West will be the next target of the ISIL terrorists sweeping across Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.
"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," said the Saudi monarch in Saturday remarks cited by state-owned news outlets. The irony of the remarks has not been lost on observers as the Persian Gulf kingdom is widely believed to be a major sponsor of the terror group.
"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," King Abdullah further added while addressing a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new foreign ambassadors, including new envoy of the major Saudi ally, the United States.
The rare Saudi pronouncement against terrorism comes as the regime is widely suspected to finance and support various terrorist groups that operate in the war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.
Iraqi and Syrian authorities have repeatedly criticized Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf Arab allies of fomenting terror in their countries.
Lack of action would be "unacceptable" in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah further emphasized during his address.
"You see how they [Takfiri terrorists] carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street," he said, condemning the "cruelty" of such acts.
"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: 'Fight terrorism with force, reason and [necessary] speed'."