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Military coalition will 'chase terrorism until it disappears', says Saudi Crown Prince

26 November 2017

While Qatar is also a member of the Islamic anti-terror coalition, there are no Doha officials at the summit amid a diplomatic crisis between the Arab state with some of its neighbors, primarily Saudi Arabia, which broke off ties with the country this June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

Canikli's remarks came during a meeting of the defence ministers of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Saudi capital Riyadh.

"This meeting is very important, we haven't had good co-ordination between each other, today that lack of communication ends because of this coalition", said Prince Mohammed, speaking at the launch.

Critics have warned that Islamabad's participation could upset the country's minority Shi'ite community and undermine bilateral relations with Iran, which shares a almost 1,000-kilometer border with Pakistan. Qatar, which signed up to the coalition upon its inception in December 2015, did not attend the meeting, with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries boycotting the country over its links to extremist groups.

"All individual states are making efforts against the menace of terrorism, but the required level of synergy and resources is lacking", he said at the inaugural meeting of the coalition's ministers of defence in Riyadh, according to a statement issued by Pakistan's ministry of defence.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands with chiefs of staff and defence ministers of a Saudi-led Islamic military counter terrorism coalition during their meeting in Riyadh
Military coalition will 'chase terrorism until it disappears', says Saudi Crown Prince

"Today, we will chase it until terrorism has disappeared from the face of the earth", Prince Salman said.

He vowed to stop terrorist groups from distorting the true image of Islam and its values.

Since his sudden appointment as crown prince, Prince Mohammed has moved to consolidate power, announcing crackdowns on both terrorism and corruption.

The coalition's formation specifically has been the focus of debate in Pakistan after former Pakistani military chief Raheel Sharif was appointed as IMCTC's first commander.

A corruption purge saw around 200 Saudi elites including princes, ministers and business tycoons arrested or sacked earlier this month.

Military coalition will 'chase terrorism until it disappears', says Saudi Crown Prince