To join alliance, Iran ‘must change policy’

Updated 18 December 2015
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To join alliance, Iran ‘must change policy’

CAIRO: For Iran to become part of the Islamic military coalition, it must stop supporting terrorism abroad and threatening Arab and Muslim countries.

It was announced by Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, advisor at the defense minister's office and spokesman of the Arab coalition for Yemen’s peace.
Al-Assiri was accompanying Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his Cairo visit.
He noted: "We are now talking about actions to defeat terror and if Tehran is willing to become part of this coalition, it must stop its interference in Syria and Yemen and quit supporting terrorism in Lebanon and Iraq."
He said steps are being taken to build a joint operations center for the Islamic military coalition in Riyadh.
Regarding Yemen’s truce, he said: "Houthi militias and the forces of the deposed president have breached the agreements several times since its announcement."
The command center monitors and responds to such violations, he stressed.
He said the military goals have been achieved in Yemen but efforts are continuing on the political front. “This is evident from the Yemeni government in Aden, which is independently running the affairs of the country.”
He said the relief and humanitarian efforts are advancing significantly which can be seen through the King Salman Center, which has received large quantities of relief material.


King Salman receives chairman of UAE Ifta Council

Updated 6 min 40 sec ago
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King Salman receives chairman of UAE Ifta Council

  • Ways to foster religious moderation reviewed

RIYADH: The president of the UAE Ifta Council, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, along with other members of the council on Sunday called on King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

The UAE Ifta Council chief conveyed the greetings of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to the king. 

During the meeting, they reviewed ways to serve the cause of Islam and contribute to spreading moderation. They also discussed other issues of mutual interest.

The secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, State Minister and Cabinet member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf were also present during the meeting.