Pakistan's Minister of Defense Khurram Dastgir Khan will represent Islamabad at the first meeting of the recently formed Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh on Sunday, Nov. 26.
The meeting was hosted by the Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Salman.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is expected to open the conference, which will be held under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism", in the presence of ministers of defense from the coalition member countries and delegates from diplomatic missions and global organizations in Saudi Arabia.
While soliciting for the support of the IMCTC for assistance over the more than three million internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Nigeria, Ali said the event "obliged my country a great opportunity considering the enormous challenges the world is facing as regards terrorism".
"Today, we will chase it until terrorism has disappeared from the face of the earth", Prince Salman said.
The forum is set to present a general strategy for the Islamic military coalition to battle terrorism in all fields such as ideologically, militarily, and in the media. The country has since been boycotted by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries overs its links to extremist groups. The alliance excludes Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, Shia-dominated Iran, as well as Syria and Iraq, whose leaders have close ties to Tehran.
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"This lack of coordination is now over by forming this coalition", he said.
Ali, who said that Nigeria has made remarkable progress in the area of counter-terrorism since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari also added that the efforts of neighbouring countries with similar issues like Chad, Niger and Cameroun, are yielding positive results.
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While IS has not claimed responsibility, Egyptian authorities say the organisation is the main suspect as the mosque is associated with followers of the mystical Sufi branch of Sunni Islam, whom IS has branded heretics.
"Beyond the killing of innocent people and the spread of hatred, terrorism and extremism distort the image of our religion", he said.
After his sudden appointment as crown prince, Prince Mohammed has moved to consolidate power, announcing crackdowns on both terrorism and corruption.