Saudi Arabia has formed a new military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism. This was reported by RIA Novosti with a reference to local media.
Joint Command Operations Center will be based in the Saudi capital Riyadh. According to the text of the statement, the coalition was created to “counter terrorism that became a threat to the interests of the Islamic nation” and “on the basis of the peoples’ rights to self-defense”.
According to the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud, the goal of the new anti-terror coalition is a victory not only over the “Islamic state”, but also over other terrorist groups.
As reported, in addition to Saudi Arabia itself, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Libya has become members of the coalition.
According to the text of the document it also includes Jordan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Somalia, Guinea, the Palestinian Authority, the Union of the Comoros, Côte -d’Ivuar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Malaysia.
The text of the statement indicated that “10 Islamic states expressed their support for the newly created coalition, one of which is Indonesia”.
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