Crown prince to open inaugural meeting of IMCTC Ministers of Defense Council on Nov. 26

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Updated 23 November 2017

Crown prince to open inaugural meeting of IMCTC Ministers of Defense Council on Nov. 26

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will open the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition’s (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council in Riyadh on Nov. 26, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He will also deliver the opening remarks at the meeting, which will bring together defense ministers and diplomatic missions in the Kingdom.
Lt. Gen. Abdulelah Al-Saleh, the IMCTC acting secretary-general said: “The meeting marks the official launch of the IMCTC’s operations at our center in Riyadh. The center provides an open platform for willing IMCTC member countries to exchange best practices and coordinate their counterterrorism efforts, enabling culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism.”
Gen. Rahil Sharif, the military commander of the IMCTC, said: “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.”
The IMCTC is a 41-nation pan-Islamic coalition united in the fight against terror.
The inaugural meeting, to be held under the theme “Allied Against Terrorism,” will include statements by defense ministers of the member countries and keynote speeches in connection with the IMCTC’s four domains: Ideology, communications, counter-terrorist financing (CTF), and military.
In the meeting, Lt. Gen. Al-Saleh will outline the coalition’s strategy, governance, activities and future plans.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.