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Islamic Anti-Terrorism Coalition Expects More Countries to Join

Sputnik News

18:01 15.12.2015(updated 19:31 15.12.2015)

According to Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, the Islamic anti-terror coalition is expecting an increase in the number of member states.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The recently established Islamic coalition against terrorism expects more countries to join, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said Tuesday.

'We expect an increase in the number of coalition member states,' Jubeir said at a press conference broadcast by Sky News Arabia.

According to the minister, the Islamic anti-terrorism coalition is also awaiting requests from countries in need of assistance to fight terrorism.

'Several countries are in need of help to fight terrorism. The Islamic coalition is waiting for requests,' Jubeir said at a press conference broadcast by Sky News Arabia.

Adel Jubeir also underscored that the coalition is neither all Sunni nor Shia.

The Saudi government announced early on Tuesday the creation of a 34-member Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism based in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

The Islamic coalition includes Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey, among other nations. Ten Islamic countries outside the military alliance, including Indonesia, are said to have expressed support of the alliance.

Shiite-majority Iraq and Iran have been excluded from the alliance.

Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud said the newly formed coalition would target 'any terrorist organization, not just ISIL [Daesh, a group outlawed in Russia].'

Sputnik



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