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Counter terrorism: Prince Salman opens IMCTC session

His Royal Highness (HRH), Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has opened the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council, holding at in Riyadh, reports ITRealms.

The meeting which commenced Sunday, November 26, 2017, saw Crown Prince delivering the opening remarks to the Ministers of Defense as well as diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia.

The IMCTC Acting Secretary General, Lieutenant General Abdulelah Al-Saleh, said this meeting marks the official launch of the IMCTC’s operations at its Center in Riyadh.
“The Center provides an open platform for willing IMCTC member countries to exchange best practices and coordinate their counter terrorism efforts, enabling culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism," he said.

Also, the military commander of IMCTC, General Rahil Sharif, said that 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,” he said.

ITRealms recalls that the IMCTC is a 41-nation pan-Islamic coalition united in the fight against terror.

The inaugural meeting was 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.


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