Defence minister, additional secretary to leave for Saudi Arabia tomorrow


ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and Additional Defence Secretary Faisal Rasul Lodhi will leave for Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

They will participate in the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council in Riyadh on Sunday.

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition is a willing coalition of 41 Muslim countries against terrorism and violent extremism.

The theme of the meeting is “Allied Against Terrorism”.

Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) Al Saud will open the meeting.

The key events and presentations will revolve around the strategy, governance, achievements, plans and initiatives of the IMCTC in the domains of ideology, communications, counter-terrorist financing, and military.

The meeting will feature statements by the ministers of defence from member nations and will close with a coalition declaration announcement.

IMCTC is also developing an information and intelligence sharing platform to collect and disseminate a wide range of information on counterterrorism programmes and best practices undertaken by member countries and supporting nations and international organisations.