AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's King Abdullah II is calling for increased efforts to root out terrorism and extremists threatening Islam and the world, according to the official Petra news agency.

"We must move quickly to uproot terrorism, stop accusations in the name of religion, and harness all efforts to find comprehensive solutions for the problems and challenges facing the Islamic world," Abdullah said in a June 24 statement to Islamic judges meeting in Amman.

The statement criticized extremists who "harm nations and civilization" and urged Muslims to uphold "moderate Islam and fatwas issued by recognized Muslim scholars."