A delegation of the top defense ministers from across the Middle East and North Africa held a meeting in Riyadh on Sunday, to discuss topics such as terrorism and the threat it poses to the world in the wake of this weekend’s attack on the Egyptian mosque.
The Iranian Regime, widely known as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and the countries through which it exerts a great deal of control Iraq, Qatar and Syria did not have any participants in these proceedings. The Counter-Terrorism Alliance constituted two years ago by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not yet revealed its course of action but officials say that member states would be collaborating on fighting extremism, whether that be offering each other funds, troops, expertise, or weapons.
Prince Mohammed, who is Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, stated that the terrorist attack which killed over 300 worshippers would only encourage the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition to fight much harder against terrorism and its causes.
“[It] was a very painful occurrence and must make us contemplate in an international and powerful way the role of this terrorism and extremism,” Prince Mohammed said of Friday’s attack, where gunmen carrying the ISIS flag attacked a mosque in North Sinai.
The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition will target terrorist actions and beliefs.
“The biggest threat from terrorism and extremism is not only killing innocent people and spreading hate but tarnishing the reputation of our religion and distorting our belief,” Prince Mohammed, who is encouraging a modern and tolerant Islam, told the officials.