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Some defence ministers at the meeting. Image courtesy: SPA

Muslim states vow to defeat terrorism

RIYADH, November 27, 2017

The defence ministers of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) states have vowed to coordinate and unite their efforts, to ward off the dangers of terrorism and take a united stand against it.
Concluding a meeting in Saudi capital Riyadh, they underlined the importance of joint efforts, concerted collective actions, and comprehensive strategic planning to deal with the threat of terrorism, and put an end to those who seek to fuel conflicts and sectarianism, and spread chaos, strife and unrest within their countries, said a Wam news agency report.
''Terrorism represents a constant and growing challenge and threat to peace, security and regional and international stability, as it has transcended the borders of countries, while casting aside all values. Terrorism has become deadlier than ever before, particularly in our Islamic world, which suffers from the crimes of terrorism, leaving heavy losses in property and lives, and has shattered the dreams of broad sectors of societies trying to live in peace and tranquility," according to the closing declaration of the meeting.
Cognizant of the importance of activating the fight against terrorism across the various domains, the IMCTC Ministers of Defence Council has agreed on the following: 
First: Combating Terrorism in the Ideology Domain 
* The ministers affirmed their determination to work with every possible means to confront extremism and terrorism, in all their ideological notions and perceptions, to reveal their truth. Furthermore, they plan to expose extremist misuse of legitimate texts and events through delusion, allegation, false methods and deceit. The ministers are aware of the terrorists’ blind obsession, false thoughts, and misinterpretations of religious texts, and are acutely aware of the perils posed by ideological extremism, its ability to spread, and its profound impact on individuals and society.
* The ministers uphold their determination to address terrorism through education and knowledge, to highlight correct Islamic concepts, and to establish the truth of moderate Islam, which is consistent with human nature and common values, and peaceful and just coexistence with the global community that ensures security and prosperity.
Second: Combating terrorism in the Communications Domain 
* The ministers emphasised the crucial role played by the media, and the importance of embracing this channel in fighting terrorism and exposing its agenda. Governments will work with the media to counter terrorist propaganda, by destroying its foundations to reduce its influence. Cognizant of the seriousness of terrorist actions and its dangerous impacts, they commit to prevent the terrorists from delivering their message using the media.
* The ministers stressed the importance of empowering the media to combat extremist ideology from any source, counter terrorist propaganda and symbols of extremist thought, and expose terrorist methods used to promote their deviant ideas. The ministers committed to direct media efforts to present the terrorists’ true nature and exposing their beliefs that call for death and destruction, and dismantling mechanisms for propagation.
* The ministers stressed the importance of investing in digital media platforms to raise awareness among members of society and prevent them from succumbing to terrorist messaging.
Third: Combating terrorism in the Counter Terrorist Financing Domain 
* The ministers emphasised the importance of draining the sources of terrorist financing and cutting off any financial support for its operations and activities. This can be achieved by coordinating efforts and accelerating necessary measures and procedures to combat terrorist funding and shutting down the flow permanently. Monetary policies, legislation and financial controls must be developed and enforced, and improve compliance to align with international standards.
* The ministers called for increased coordination and technical and security cooperation in the exchange of data and information, and the transfer of knowledge and expertise, in areas focused on combating the financing of terrorism.
* The ministers stressed the importance of ensuring the adequacy and effectiveness of systems and procedures to block terrorist financing. Increased levels of awareness of the various ways terrorists finance their operations must be enhanced, in order to find the best and most successful solution to eliminate terrorist financing.
Fourth: Combating Terrorism in the Military Domain 
* The ministers stressed the importance of the military role in combating the threat of terrorism, enhancing security and peace in the Coalition member countries and contributing to regional and international security and peace.
* The ministers emphasise the importance of providing the necessary military capabilities to ensure that terrorist organisations are weakened, dismantled, eliminated and deprived of the opportunity to reorganise. Within the framework of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, the participation of the coalition states will be defined in accordance with each country’s capabilities and resources, as well as in accordance with each country’s desire to participate in a given military operation.
* The ministers agreed on the importance of the role of the IMCTC Counter Terrorism Center in coordinating and integrating military efforts, the exchange of information and intelligence, and conducting training courses and joint exercises.
Fifth: The Coalition working mechanism: The ministers commended the efforts of Saudi Arabia in leading the formation of the coalition and agree to the following: 
* To secure the center headquarters for the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition in Riyadh, provided that Saudi Arabia will meet the coalition’s needs and complete all necessary legal and regulatory requirements to enable it to carry out the tasks entrusted to its care.
* The IMCTC Ministers of Defense Council will meet annually and whenever necessary to follow up on the strategies, policies, plans and programs to achieve the IMCTC’s objectives, and to review the reports submitted by the IMCTC Counter Terrorism Center, in order to pursue concerted efforts in various areas to combat terrorism.
* The ministers intend to redouble their efforts to promote joint action in operations, programmes and initiatives within the framework of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition; and in line with the IMCTC’s organisational structure and mechanisms.
In conclusion, the ministers applauded the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that prevailed throughout the meeting and the alignment with the vision and positions on the need to eliminate terrorism through a unified and lasting regional and international effort that respects the principles of international law. The ministers adopted a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to defeat the phenomenon of terrorism. They expressed their hopes and aspirations that the combined efforts and integrated vision will achieve the IMCTC's objectives of eliminating terrorism.

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