Defense ministers of 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to meet in Riyadh next week

Updated 20 November 2017
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Defense ministers of 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to meet in Riyadh next week

RIYADH: The Defense Ministers of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) will hold their first meeting in Riyadh under the theme "Allied against Terrorism" on November 26, 2017 in participation of the member states' defense ministers and the diplomatic missions accredited to the Kingdom.
The meeting aims to consolidate bonds of cooperation and integration within the coalition and represents the effective beginning of the IMCTC efforts, which included 41 Islamic states, to coordinate and unify efforts in fighting extremism and extremism in addition to integration with other international efforts.
“The meeting of the defense ministers aims to strengthen cooperation and integration between the Islamic Military Alliance members,” said a report published by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday. The meeting will also be attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats representing their countries in Saudi Arabia, alongside top Saudi and IMCTC officials, said the SPA report.
The meeting will discuss a host of subjects including ways to establish the IMCTC as a major bloc to address security challenges and terrorism issues. The defense ministers will formally discuss plans and proposals to unify the efforts of the Islamic alliance and promote coordination with other international agencies.
The coalition was established to achieve the coalition's message and provide an institutional platform for proposals and discussions in order to facilitate ways of cooperation among the member states and the countries supporting initiatives within framework of fields of military, intellectual, media and combating terrorism financing.


King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

Updated 14 min 6 sec ago
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King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a telephone call from the US President Donald Trump in which various issues were discussed, including the ongoing Saudi-Turkish cooperation in the investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and the keenness of the Kingdom's leadership to clarify all relevant facts.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to leave the United States within the hour for a trip to the Kingdom to meet with King Salman, and will travel to other places as necessary, according to the US president.