Male’, Maldives – Four soldiers from the Maldives National Defence Force have been selected to be the Maldivian representatives for The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, had a meeting earlier today with the Minister of Defence Mariya Didi.
The appointed team consists of Major Mohamed Saamir, Command Sergeant Major Ahmed Abdhullah, Warrant Officer Grade 1 Mifthaah Hussain and Colonel Mohamed Mukhuthar, who has been decided as the leader of the team.
The team is to spend one year the Counter Terrorism Centre in Saudi Arabian Capital Riyadh, with their stay financed by the Saudi government.
The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition is an intergovernmental counter-terrorist alliance of countries in the Muslim world, united around military intervention against ISIL and other counter-terrorist activities.
Its creation was first announced with 34 members by Saudi Arabian defence minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, on 15 December 2015. Since then, additional countries joined and the number of member countries have reached 41.
The IMCTC has stated that its primary objective is to protect Muslim countries from all terrorist groups and terrorist organizations regardless of their sect and name, adding that they would operate in line with the United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) provisions on terrorism.