Coordination vital to crush terrorism

Updated 29 March 2016
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Coordination vital to crush terrorism

RIYADH: Military chiefs from Muslim nations have pledged to dry up terrorists’ resources, a Saudi military spokesman said on Sunday.

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri said the representatives of the newly-formed Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition — made up of 34 Muslim countries — discussed “ideological, media, financial and military” aspects to combat terrorism during their first meeting in Riyadh on Sunday.
He also said the attendance of 39 Muslim nations, not all of which were members of the coalition, “sends a strong message on the importance and nature of the alliance,” adding that such force is needed in the face of “Daesh recreating Muslims and Arabs to put them in confrontation with the world.”
Al-Assiri said the officials met to discuss a “unified” strategy to degrade terrorism, and it is based on “proposed initiatives.”
“Today’s meeting is to lay the foundation stone for the coalition,” he said, adding that the meeting “is about proposed initiatives. Today we did not discuss any individual cases.”
He, however, said: “Saudi Arabia has presented a paper to follow the resources of terrorism funding.”
The spokesman emphasized that the coalition will work according to “international law and standards,” dismissing that any country “would take a unilateral decision.”
“Sovereignty is respected,” he reiterated.
“States that want a military intervention in their countries would lead the mission.”
While many of the Muslim states in the meeting — including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE — are also part of the US-led coalition against Daesh, the Islamic Alliance would not only target the extremist group but “other terrorist groups in a wider sense.”
The meeting, considered the first of its kind, aims to coordinate efforts among the 34 Muslim countries involved in the alliance.
The coalition was announced in December by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a bid to establish a unified Muslim body to fight terrorism.
The deputy crown prince met separately on Sunday with the chiefs of staff of the countries participating in the military alliance.
During the talks, he emphasized the importance of coordinating the strategic efforts among the Islamic countries in confronting and countering terrorism.
The coalition started through the establishment of a joint operations center in Riyadh.


DiplomaticQuarter: Mexicans in Riyadh celebrate 208 years of independence

Riyadh governor cutting cake with Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda. (SPA)
Updated 6 min 30 sec ago
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DiplomaticQuarter: Mexicans in Riyadh celebrate 208 years of independence

  • Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar represented the Saudi government at the colorful celebration, marking the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence
  • The centerpiece of the festivities was a re-enactment of the “Cry of Dolores”

RIYADH: The Mexican community in Riyadh gathered at the official residence of Ambassador Alfredo Miranda on Sunday to celebrate their country’s National Day. They were joined at the event by VIP guests including members of the royal family, diplomats and business leaders.

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar represented the Saudi government at the colorful celebration, marking the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.

The centerpiece of the festivities was a re-enactment of the “Cry of Dolores,” a historic event in small town of Dolores on the morning of September 16, 1810, when Mexico’s founding father, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, issued a call to arms that signaled the start of the war of independence.

The rest of the National Day celebration was a Mexican-style fiesta, filled with color and music, with many of the guests dressed in traditional outfits. They enjoyed authentic Mexican food prepared by renowned chef Eduardo Perez, which offered a taste of the Mexican Gastronomic Festival at the city’s InterContinental Hotel from Sept. 17 to 22.

The entertainment also included the Kingdom’s first a live performance by a Mexican folkloric Mariachi band, a musical style recognized by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage lists.