(AFP) – Military chiefs from 39 countries met Sunday in Riyadh for talks on a Saudi-initiated international “anti-terrorism” coalition.
Saudi Arabia announced the creation of the coalition in December, saying its members would share intelligence, counter violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary to combat extremists.
Several members of the group, including Saudi Arabia, are part of the US-led coalition bombing the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria.
Saudi Arabia is also leading a mainly Gulf Arab coalition that launched a military intervention against Iran-backed rebels last year in Yemen.
Riyadh has offered premises and funds for a coordination centre for the new grouping. He said the coalition would operate within the limits of “UN resolutions and recognised conventions.”
The meeting of military chiefs paved the way for a meeting of defence ministers in the “near future”.
Member countries named previously by the Saudis range from the tiny African nation of the Comoros to major regional powers like Turkey.