Saudi Arabia approves $27mn to counter terrorism

Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz , who also serves as the Chairman of the Council of Defense Ministers of the member states of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), has announced the Kingdom’s approval of a $27 million contribution to the IMCTC’s initiatives financing fund.

The announcement came during the meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of IMCTC held with Prince Khalid bin Salman, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Coalition. The slogan for the meeting was: “Fighting terrorism is a shared responsibility.”

During the meeting, Prince Khalid also declared that the Kingdom would support 46 training programs as part of the Coalition’s four ideological domains, including its media, military, and anti-terrorism financing fields.

A joint statement issued at the close of the meeting highlighted the progress achieved thus far and confirmed plans for coordinated efforts to combat and eliminate all forms of terrorism through organized collective action and comprehensive planning. These efforts will be implemented in alignment with the Coalition’s key thematic areas of work: intellectual, media, combating financing for terrorism, and the military.

The statement explained that the Coalition’s methodology and initiatives were designed based on member states’ needs. Member states also agreed to launch a fund to finance IMCTC’s initiatives, based on financial contributions from member states and international organizations working towards combating terrorism.

The meeting achieved an important consensus among member states regarding the Coalition’s vision to combat terrorism. It also recognized the Coalition’s success in bringing together friendly, supportive countries and international organizations concerned with combating terrorism, based on respect for the principles of international legitimacy. It welcomed the possibility of additional countries joining the Coalition in the future.

At the conclusion of the statement, participating ministers expressed their deep thanks and appreciation to the countries that contributed to supporting the IMCTC Initiatives Fund, and reiterated their thanks regarding the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in forming and supporting this Coalition’s continued efforts.

Member states also thanked the Kingdom for hosting the second meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Coalition countries. They expressed their thanks and gratitude to the minister of defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for all the efforts that went into the meeting’s success and for the positive results it achieved.