China backs Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism

Updated 21 December 2015

China backs Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism

NEW YORK: China has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism and appreciated Saudi Arabia’s efforts to create this group.
The pledge of support came during a during talks between Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the International Syria Support Group meeting in New York.
Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency after the talks, Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom has strong relations with China which is an important economic, political and security partner.
Al-Jubeir said he and the Chinese minister discussed the Saudi-Chinese bilateral relations and the keenness of the two countries to strengthen and intensify their relations in various fields.
He said that the Chinese foreign minister appreciated the Kingdom’s initiative to form the Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism and extremism and expressed China’s willingness to cooperate with the alliance.
For his part, the Chinese foreign minister expressed his country’s desire to intensify bilateral cooperation with the Kingdom in all fields.
Ambassador Osama Osama Nugli, director of the information department, and Saad Al-Saad, deputy representative to the UN, attended the meeting.


FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

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FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

  • Special agent Rachel Rojas thanked Saudi Arabia for its cooperation in the investigation
  • Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was shot dead after he opened fire and killed three people at the base in Florida

PENSACOLA: Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a US Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the FBI said on Sunday.
Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville office, said the shooter used a Glock model 45 9mm handgun that he had purchased legally in Florida.
“We currently assess there was one gunman who perpetrated this attack and no arrests have been made in this case,” Rojas, the lead investigator on the case, said at a news conference.
“We are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” she said.
Authorities confirmed the suspect was a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who was on the base as part of a US Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies.
The FBI identified him as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21.
A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot the gunman, authorities said, ending the second deadly attack at a US military base within a week. Within hours, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had called US President Donald Trump to extend his condolences and pledge the Kingdom’s support in the investigation.
Rojas said there were several Saudi students who were close to the shooter and are cooperating with investigators.
“Their Saudi commanding officer has restricted them to base, and the Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation,” she said. “I thank the kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation.”