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.
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"This ends today, with this alliance".
Addressing the meeting, bin Salman said Muslim countries lacked coordination on fighting terrorist organizations over past years.
The alliance was formed in 2015 under the leadership of Prince Mohammed, whose heir to the throne in June had shaken the political scene across the region.
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It excludes Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, Shiite-dominated Iran, as well as Syria and Iraq, whose leaders have close ties to Tehran.
Today's meeting coincides with an escalation in tensions between Saudi and Iran, particularly over wars in Syria and Yemen and the political structure of multi-confessional Lebanon.
Giving reasons for the coalition which has the theme "Allied Against Terrorism", Gen. Ali said some of the terror attacks across the world prompted the meeting and that Nigeria is ready to collaborate with nations with similar experiences to defeat the menace.
"Our common enemy is terrorism, not any religion, sect or race".
Retired Pakistani general Raheel Sharif has been appointed commander-in-chief.
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The center provides an open platform for willing IMCTC member countries to exchange best practices and coordinate their counterterrorism efforts, enabling culturally appropriate regional and local solutions to counter terrorism.
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He said that it had just been announced that the defence ministers of the coalition countries would meet in Riyadh on Sunday to formally launch the military alliance and also "outline coalition's strategy, governance, activities and future plans".
"Those murderers do not represent Islam, they are using those opportunities to cause turmoil in our societies", he said, stressing that "unity" is the only way to combat terrorist groups.
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