Islamic coalition agrees to boost military capabilities against threatsNovember 27, 2017
Top defense officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) on Sunday agreed to boost its military capabilities to dismantle terrorist organizations.
At a high-profile conference in Riyadh, the defense ministers also agreed to step up cooperation to cut off financial support to terror groups and stressed the importance of empowering the media and investing in digital platforms to combat extremist ideology and propaganda.
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, inaugurated the IMCTC Ministers of Defense Council’s maiden meeting, under the slogan of Allied against terrorism”. In his keynote speech, he vowed to pursue terrorists until they are wiped out from the face of the earth.
The greatest danger, posed by terrorism and extremism, is not the killing of innocents or the spread of hatred (but) the distorting of our faith, said the crown prince.
Today we began to pursue terrorism, and today we see defeats in many countries around the world, especially in Islamic countries, and we shall be those who assure its disappearance from the face of the earth, he added.
Prince Muhammad bin Salman offered his condolences to Egypt, which suffered a terror attack on a mosque in North Sinai that killed 305 people. This is indeed a painful event, and it is a recurrent and strong reminder of the dangers of this terrorism, he said.
Sunday’s final declaration stressed the importance of the military role in combating terrorism, enhancing security and peace in the Coalition member countries, and contributing to regional and international security and peace.
The declaration said: Terrorism has become deadlier than ever before, particularly in our Islamic world, which suffers from the crimes of terrorism, inflicting heavy losses in property and lives, and has shattered the dreams of broad sectors of societies trying to live in peace and tranquility.
The defense ministers reaffirmed their determination to work with every possible means to confront extremism and terrorism.
They renewed their determination to address terrorism through education and knowledge, to highlight correct Islamic concepts, and to establish the truth of moderate Islam, which is consistent with human nature and common values.
The defense ministers agreed to appoint IMCTC officials, including a secretary general, while member countries will be entrusted with nominating their delegates, Arab News reported.
The council will meet annually and whenever necessary to follow up on the strategies, policies, plans, and programs to achieve the IMCTC’s objectives.
The ministers emphasized the importance of draining the sources of terrorist financing and cutting off any financial support for terror operations and activities. This can be achieved by coordinating efforts to combat terrorist funding and shutting down the flow permanently, said the declaration, calling for more action to improve compliance with international standards.
IMCTC Military Commander Gen. Raheel Sharif said: The greatest challenge to peace and stability in the 21st century, especially in the Islamic world, is to address the most serious phenomenon in the world: Terrorism.
Sharif said that terrorist organizations have distorted the concept of jihad in Islam and threaten world peace in order to achieve their destructive goals.
Our aim today is to unite and work together in order to beat and crush terrorism and its extremist ideology. he added.
Source: International Islamic News Agency