Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense today announced the formation of a 34-nation Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism and be a partner in the global war on terrorism.
Speaking at a press conference in Riyadh, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, “the alliance includes a group of Islamic states that make up the majority of the Islamic world, and this emanates from the keenness of the Muslim world to fight this disease which affected the Islamic world first, before the international community as a whole. “
The Deputy Crown Prince pointed out that an operations room of the alliance will be established in Riyadh to coordinate efforts to fight terrorism. He added, “today, every Islamic country is fighting terrorism individually. The coordination of efforts is very important; and through this room, means and efforts will be developed for fighting terrorism all over the Islamic world.”
The Deputy Crown Prince added: “We have a number of countries suffering from terrorism, including Syria, Iraq, Sinai, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and this requires very strong efforts to fight it. Undoubtedly through this alliance, there will be a coordination to fight it through these efforts.”
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed said that alliance will not only target Daesh, but all terrorist organizations.
“We will confine terrorist organizations whatever might be their classification. Of course, in connection with operations in Syria and Iraq, we cannot carry out these operations but only through coordination with the legitimacy in both of them and the international community,” the deputy crown prince said.
He also asserted that the Islamic military alliance will coordinate with globally important countries and international organizations in this action, pointing out that the alliance will fight terrorism at the military, intellectual and media levels, in addition to the remarkable security effort currently existing.