The Islamic Military Coalition Against Terrorism (IMCTC) has given assurances that it will cooperate fully with the Maldivian government’s efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism.
This was reaffirmed by the Secretary General of the IMCTC, Major General Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi, who on Monday paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Defense and National Security of the Maldives, Mariya Ahmed Didi.
The meeting, held at the HQ of the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), saw the coalition’s secretary general reassure the Maldivian minister that the coalition is willing to extend its full cooperation to the efforts of the government. of the Maldives to prevent and combat terrorism as well as to counter violent extremism through means such as the provision of qualified Islamic scholars with the aim of better educating the public on religious matters. The coalition is also ready to provide counter-terrorism equipment to the Maldives.
Speaking at the meeting, Mariya assured that the government fully supports national and international counter-terrorism efforts under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s “zero tolerance against terrorism and violent extremism” policy. .
That being said, she noted the ongoing deployment of MNDF officers to the IMCTC Counter Terrorism Center in the Saudi capital Riyadh, since January 2020, after extending the term of service by one year.
Established in December 2015, the Islamic Military Coalition Against Terrorism is a 41-member coalition created with the aim of protecting Muslim countries from all terrorist groups and organizations, regardless of their sect and name, and coordinating efforts to fight against terrorism between countries.
Monday’s meeting was joined by Director General of the National Counter Terrorism Center Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor, Military Secretary to the Defense Minister Brigadier General Abdul Matheen Ahmed, Commander of the Maldivian Contingent in the IMCTC, Colonel Mohamed Mukhthar, and the senior director of the Department of International Defense Cooperation of the MNDF. LTC Ahmed Shareef.