Muslim coalition working with international organizations to fight terror

Updated 27 November 2017

Muslim coalition working with international organizations to fight terror

RIYADH: Leaders of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) believe that it might be the best hub to fight global terror.
IMCTC General Secretary Lt. Gen. Abdul Ilah bin Othman Al-Saleh revealed the nature of the work of the alliance, a platform that aims to open areas of cooperation between member states, taking into consideration integration with supporting states outside the alliance and the relevant organizations interested in fighting terrorism.
Al-Saleh said in a news conference he held on Saturday with retired Gen. Raheel Sharif, the coalition’s military commander, and Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, that the defense ministers of the IMCTC, in their first meeting in Riyadh, exchanged information and initiatives which will be presented soon, noting that there are institutional plans and strategies aimed at drying up the sources of terrorism and its finances.
Al-Saleh also stated that participation in the implementation of initiatives would be voluntary for IMCTC member states. He stressed that each plan would be subject to continuous monitoring, follow-up and evaluation to measure the extent of its success and the possibility of developing it to get better results.
Al-Saleh said that working with international organizations is considered to be the bedrock of the coalition. He said there is a project underway to be presented to the ministers, which would monitor open sources all over the world in search of extremist and hate rhetoric.
Al-Issa defined “terrorism” as an organized act which causes fear, concern and property destruction and is operated by organizations and groups with an ideological background. He also stressed that military confrontation is important but does not uproot terrorism because the more important strategy is the intellectual confrontation.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.