Saudi Arabia announces 34-member Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism

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Riyadh - ekhbariya.net 15 Dec 2015

Riyadh announced the formation of a major multi-national Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism.

The countries participating in the alliance, in addition to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen.

A joint statement on the formation of an Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism read as follows:

In the name of Allah, the Merciful,

Praise be to Allah and peace be upon Muhammad, the messenger of Allah,

Based on the Lord’s guidance in the Holy Quran: (And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression), and on the teachings of the Islamic Shari’a and provisions that reject terrorism in all its forms and manifestations because it is a heinous crime and injustice rejected by all heavenly religions and human instinct.

Since terrorism and its atrocities – which spread Shari’a-forbidden corruption and destruction in the world – constitute a serious violation of human dignity and rights, especially the right to life and the right to security, and subject the interests of countries and communities to danger and threaten their stability; and acts of corruption and terrorism cannot be justified in any way, and hence it should be fought by all means and collaboration should be made to eliminate it because this is cooperation in righteousness and piety,

Affirming the principles and objectives of the charter of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which calls for member states to cooperate to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and rejects all justifications and excuses for terrorism,

Achieving integration, closing ranks and uniting efforts to combat terrorism, which violates the sanctity of people’s lives, threatens regional and international security and peace, poses a threat to the vital interests of the nation and undermines coexistence in it,

Committed to the provisions contained in the United Nations’ Charter, the charter of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international conventions aimed at the eradication of terrorism,

Affirming the right of states to self-defense in accordance with the purposes and principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations and on the basis of the provisions of the OIC Convention on Combating Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and the elimination of its objectives and its causes,

Performing the duty to protect the nation from the evils of all armed groups and terrorist organizations – whatever their doctrine or title – which spread killing and corruption in the world and are designed to terrorize the innocent,

The countries whose names are listed in this statement have decided to form a military alliance to fight against terrorism led by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a joint operations center shall be established in the city of Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations to fight terrorism and to develop the necessary programs and mechanisms for supporting these efforts. The appropriate arrangements shall be developed for coordination with friendly peace-loving nations and international bodies for the sake of supporting international efforts to combat terrorism and to save international peace and security.

The countries participating in the alliance along with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Yemen.

More than ten other Islamic countries have expressed their support for this alliance and will take the necessary measures in this regard, including Indonesia.

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