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'Islamic Coalition' Convenes Today

'Islamic Coalition' Convenes Today

Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 07:30
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is launching the summit on Sunday. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) will discuss in its meeting to be held on Sunday in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the coalition’s general strategy in its war against terrorism.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is expected to open the conference, which will be held under the theme “Allied Against Terrorism,” in the presence of ministers of defense from the coalition member countries and delegates from diplomatic missions and international organizations in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition, headquartered in Riyadh, was formed with a mission to fight terrorism, particularly to counter the threat of ISIS.

An official statement issued on the eve of the event said that the “pan-Islamic coalition” of 41 Muslim countries would coordinate and multiply their individual efforts in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

“The meeting marks the official launch of the IMCTC and strengthens the cooperation and integration of member countries in the coalition,” the statement reads.

The center provides an open platform for willing IMCTC member countries to exchange best practices and coordinate their counterterrorism efforts, enabling culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism.

Following the meeting of the IMCTC on Sunday, a press conference will be held where the conference is taking place at a hotel in Riyadh.

The meeting will be attended by Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa, head of the Muslim World League (MWL), Abdulilah bin Osman al-Saleh, General Secretary of Islamic coalition, and Raheel Sharif, military commander of IMCTC’s.

The coalition encompasses an integrated approach to coordinate and unite on four key domains: strategic focus, ideology, communications, terror finance and military initiatives.

The Muslim world is currently considered the first victim of terrorism and the mostly affected by its crimes.

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