Saudi deputy crown prince’s rare media appearance sparks Twitter reax


In a rare press conference, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman told reporters on Monday that a newly-announced 34-state Islamic military coalition led by the kingdom would “coordinate efforts to fight terrorism” in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.

“There will be international coordination with major powers and international organizations ... in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq. We can’t undertake these operations without coordinating with legitimacy in this place and the international community,” Prince Mohammed said.

Asked if the new alliance would focus just on ISIS, the deputy crown prince said it would confront not only that group but “any terrorist organization that appears in front of us.”

TRANSLATION: They started a coalition first that unified the Arab world. Now this coalition unifies the Islamic world.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46