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New Delhi: Saudi Arabia declared on Tuesday that it formed an Islamic military alliance with 34 countries to counter terrorism. This alliance will hold joint operations from the Kingdom’s capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s press agency stated that alliance has been formed because there is a need to fight the terrorism with all means and all collaborations to eliminate it.

Press statement further added that Islam forbids corruption and destruction in the world and terrorism violates human life and dignity, especially the right to life and the right to security.

This alliance has members like Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Yemen etcetera. African nations like Nigeria are also part of the alliance. 

However, the regional rival Shiite Iran is not the member of this coalition.

Saudi defense Minister Mohammed Bin Salam said that this group will not be limited to fight against Islamic terrorist outfits only. He added that a joint operation center will be based in Riyadh and from there the military operations to fight terrorism will be conducted.

Most of the gulf countries are part of this alliance except Oman. Turkey is the only country that is also a part of Nato. Iran and troubled Syria are the biggest missing names therein.

Saudi Arabia already is part of the operations against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. This group also marks the start of an initiative taken by the Islamic countries against terrorism.

ISIS is a huge power in the middle east and this group sooner or later will turn against it. Saudi Arabia not only took the leadership role in the formation of this alliance, but also it will be leading the joint operation held by the alliance.

(Inputs from agencies)

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Terrorist Safe Havens Should Be Eliminated: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok that the international community should come together to disrupt terrorist networks

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens. Wikimedia Commons

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens and disrupt their networks and financing in order to thwart cross-border movements for achieving sustainable regional security is achieved.

Singh was addressing the sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Thailand, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the regional framework this year. Describing terrorism as the most heinous cross-border crime, Singh said some states have been using terror to pursue their political goals.

“It is so much worse when terrorists are aided, abetted, armed, financed and sheltered by States. The interplay between states and non-state actors, used as proxies to foment violence, has worsened this menace. The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is not just a painful cancer, it is also the leading reason for unsustainable security,” said Singh.

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Rajnath Singh says that The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is the leading reason for unsustainable security. Wikimedia Commons

The theme of the meeting this year is ‘Sustainable Security.’ Singh said there is a need for a more cooperative, equitable and consultative paradigm to deal with the broad and complex security challenges to find sustainable solutions.

Singh further said that India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based region in which there is respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all natikons.

“Our region must remain open and welcoming to the interests of all, those who live in it and others whose interests are in it. In short, our approach to security in the Indo-Pacific is sustainable by definition because it emphasises Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” added Singh.

On negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, Singh said the outcome of these talks will be in keeping with all relevant international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He said the forum promotes freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful commerce and also emphasised the need to protect the rights of States that are not party to these negotiations.

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Singh emphasied that India looks forward to the progress made through dialogue in addressing all related issues, including the proliferation trail that links South and East Asia on the issue of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. “As dialogue remains on the table, we hope missile launches and such destabilising activities will cease”, he said.

During the course of his address, Singh said India is eager to co-chair the India-Indonesia Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the next cycle. (IANS)