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Bahrain hails new Islamic military alliance

'Crucial step in fight against terrorism under all its forms'

Manama: The formation of a Nato-like Islamic military alliance to coordinate the fight against terror groups has been hailed by Bahrain, one of its 34 member countries.

Bahrain is among the first countries to join the alliance and its decision is based on a deep belief that cooperation is the only way to combat terrorism and settle pending issues, King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa said.

The Bahraini monarch, in a telephone conversation reported by Bahrain News Agency (BNA), said that the formation of the Saudi-led Islamic military alliance and the establishment of a multi-national joint-operations centre to coordinate and support military operations would boost cooperation to fight terrorism under all its forms and manifestations.

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said that Bahrain’s membership of the alliance to fight terrorism was consistent with its steady position based on the rejection of terrorism, regardless of its justification or sponsors, and on cooperation and solidarity with any effort to eradicate and ultimately defeat its threats and uproots its causes.

Shaikh Khalid added in a statement that the new military alliance was a strategic step that heralds a new crucial and decisive phase in the fight against terrorism in all forms and deepens concerted coordination to secure logistic support for military operations to contain it.

The minister said the formation of the alliance was a continuation of the regional and international efforts of Saudi Arabia and illustrated its prominent leadership in confronting challenges with wisdom and efficiency in order to achieve security and stability and preserve peace across the region and throughout the world.

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