Saudi Crown Prince to open counter-terror defense council

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense will open the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council.

The meeting will be held in Riyadh on November 26, 2017 and will deliver the opening remarks at the meeting, which will bring together Ministers of Defense as well as diplomatic missions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reported Saudi Press Agency.

Lieutenant General Abdulelah Al-Saleh, the IMCTC Acting Secretary General said, " “This meeting marks the official launch of the IMCTC’s operations at our Center in Riyadh.

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."

General Rahil Sharif, the military commander of the IMCTC, said, “The biggest challenge in the 21st Century, especially in the Muslim world, is confronting the dangerous phenomenon of terrorism.

The IMCTC encompasses an integrated approach to coordinate and unite on the four key domains of ideology, communications, counter terrorism financing, and military, in order to fight all forms of terrorism and extremism and to effectively join other international security and peacekeeping efforts.”

The IMCTC is a 41-nation pan-Islamic coalition united in the fight against terror. The Inaugural Meeting, held under the theme “Allied Against Terrorism”, will include statements by Ministers of Defense of IMCTC member countries and keynote speeches in connection with the IMCTC’s four domains: Ideology, Communications, Counter Terrorist Financing, and Military.

In addition, the IMCTC’s Acting Secretary General, Lieutenant General Abdulelah AlSaleh, will outline the Coalition’s strategy, governance, activities and future plans.