General Tawhed Tawfik, the head of the Egyptian delegation at the first Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Alliance (IMCTA) meeting in Riyadh, affirmed his country’s determination to fight terrorism, which he said is a cross-border threat that requires organised and comprehensive measures to counter.
Tawfik said that the armed conflicts in the region have created a fertile environment for the spread of terrorism.
“Eradicating terrorism requires a comprehensive strategy to target all sources of financial and ideological support for terrorists, and not focus solely on the military aspect,” Tawfik said, stressing that counterterrorism has become more complicated due to terrorist organisations’ increased capabilities and access to technology.
“Terrorist organisations have moved on from having political, social or economic goals to seeking the elimination of any trace of the nation state,” Tawfik said.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman said that all members of the Islamic Alliance stand by Egypt in its war against terrorism.
Bin Salman condemned the attack on an Egyptian mosque that killed more than 300 worshippers on Friday.