Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism with its joint operations center in Ryadh.
“The countries whose names are listed in this statement have decided to form a military alliance to fight against terrorism led by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a joint operations center shall be established in the city of Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations to fight terrorism and to develop the necessary programs and mechanisms for supporting these efforts,” states a joint statement released on Tuesday.
“The appropriate arrangements shall be developed for coordination with friendly peace-loving nations and international bodies for the sake of supporting international efforts to combat terrorism and to save international peace and security.”
Besides Saudi Arabia, other countries in the alliance are Pakistan, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen.
The statement further states that more than ten other Islamic countries, including Indonesia, have expressed their support for the alliance and will take necessary measures in this regard.