Saudi Arabia's interior minister appealed to regional news media Saturday to help combat "improper ideas" that lead young people to support extremist movements.

Speaking before a meeting with his counterparts from Persian Gulf nations, Prince Nayef said Arab journalists need to confront Islamic militancy.

"We insist that the media participates with us in fighting terrorism," he said. "No matter how hard we work and no matter what the security apparatus does, it is not the solution. The solution is in an intellectual effort that removes these improper ideas and brings back to the right path those who went astray."

He also said Persian Gulf countries were committed to uprooting terrorism.

"Terrorism is rejected and, unfortunately, I say with pain that those who carry it out are citizens of ours, and it is attributed to Muslims and Arabs," he said.

The prince raised the media issue in response to an unrelated question -- one about Saudi reaction to Thursday night's coordinated bombing attacks on tourists, many of them Israeli, in the Egyptian resorts of Taba and Ras Shytan. Some Israeli officials have said they believe the al Qaeda network was probably behind the attack. Condemning attacks against Israelis is awkward for governments in Arab countries, where sympathies lie firmly with the Palestinians in their fight with Israel.

Abdulrahman Attiyah, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, also sidestepped direct condemnation of the attacks.

The six-nation group believes "the lack of a fair and comprehensive peace for all parties on the issue of Palestine and the Middle East motivates such acts," he said. "What happened at the Taba Hilton should not be looked at in isolation of this truth."

Saudi Arabia, which terrorists have targeted in a series of attacks since last year, came under intense international pressure after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States to reform its society and crack down on militants and their financial backers. Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 plane hijackers involved in the attacks were born in Saudi Arabia.