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IMCTC will hold their first meeting in Riyadh under the theme “Allied against Terrorism”


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 Nov. 26 in participation of the member states’ defense ministers and the diplomatic missions accredited to Saudi Arabia.

“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,” a statement on Saudi Press Agency read.

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.

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) is a coalition of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism. The strategic vision allows member countries of this strategic Coalition, with the support of peace-loving, friendly nations and international organizations, to coordinate and unite their efforts in key areas of ideology, communications, counter terrorism financing, and military domains, in order to fight all forms of terrorism and extremism and to effectively join other international security and peacekeeping efforts.

At an initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, IMCTC was announced in December 2015 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, to form a unified pan-Islamic front against terrorism.

In March 2016, Chiefs of Staff from Islamic countries met in Riyadh, and affirmed "their determination to intensify efforts in fighting terrorism through joint work according to their capabilities, based on the desire of each member country to participate in initiatives or programs within the IMCTC framework as per its policies and procedures, and without compromising the sovereignty of the Coalition member countries." They also expressed the importance of activating the launch of the IMCTC at a subsequent meeting of the Ministers of Defense of Coalition Member Countries.

IMCTC strategic principles are:
1- Legitimacy: Recognize the pan-Islamic legitimacy of the coalition that has the respect and support of the international community.
2- Localization: Enable culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism.
3- Resourcing: Facilitate the contribution of member countries to funding of initiatives, based on their means.
4- Agility: Operate in a streamlined fashion, with the ability to make timely and quick decisions.
5- Partnerships: Partner with external CT organizations and friendly countries to increase impact.
6- Collaboration: Emphasis on the principle of coordination and cooperation among Member States, supporting States and international organizations.
7- Participation: Engage Member nations in the Coalition's planning process.
8- Common Purpose: Align on the Coalition mandate and the strategic objectives.
9- Sovereignty: Emphasis on respect for the sovereignty of Member States and the independence of their laws and regulations.

IMCTC domains are Ideology, Communications, Counter Terrorism Financing and Military.

IMCTC Member Nations are 1. Islamic Republic of AFGHANISTAN 2. Kingdom of BAHRAIN 3. People's Republic of BANGLADESH 4. Republic of BENIN 5. BURKINA-FASO 6. BRUNEI-DARUSSALAM 7. Republic of CHAD 8. Union of The COMOROS 9. Republic of COTE D'IVOIRE 10. Republic of DJIBOUTI 11. Arab Republic of EGYPT 12. Republic of GABON 13. Republic of The Gambia 14. Republic of GUINEA 15. Republic of GUINEA-BISSAU 16. Hashemite Kingdom of JORDAN 17. State of KUWAIT 18. Republic of LEBANON 19. Libya 20. Republic of MALDIVES 21. Republic of MALI 22. MALAYSIA 23. Kingdom of MOROCCO 24. Islamic Republic of MAURITANIA 25. Republic of NIGER 26. Federal Republic of NIGERIA 27. Sultanate of OMAN 28. Islamic Republic of PAKISTAN 29. State of PALESTINE 30. State of Qatar 31. Kingdom of SAUDI ARABIA 32. Republic of SIERRA LEONE 33. Republic of SOMALIA 34. Republic of SENEGAL 35. Republic of The SUDAN 36. Republic of TOGO 37. Republic of TUNISIA 38. Republic of TURKEY 39. Republic of UGANDA 40. State of The UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 41. Republic of YEMEN

More info: https://imctc.org/

Source: http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1689807#1689807


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