The global Riyadh alliance
By : Mashari Althaydi
:: We are waiting for the grand summit between the west led by Donald Trump and the Arab and Muslim world in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
As American and Saudi officials said, the purpose of this summit is to launch a strong and ambitious strategic alliance to defeat extremism and terrorism for the prevalence of peace and life. These are not mere aesthetic words, but rather programs on which specialists have worked for long.
Choosing Saudi Arabia as the first stop in the visit of the US President Trump is a message in itself; Saudi Arabia is a destination for all Muslims and the starting point of Islam. It is after all, a major global contributor to the war against terrorism on the political, intelligence, military, legal and media levels. Trump entered the house from its main door and went to the right address. The establishment of an alliance with the Muslims to defeat terrorist networks, emerging cultures and policies that protect or use terrorism, is the right way to succeed in this battle.
A senior White House official told al-Arabiya that President Trump wants to create a security organization in the Middle East similar to the NATO. He will announce it during his visit to Saudi Arabia.
The goal of this great meeting between the President of the United States and the leaders of Muslim and Arab countries in Riyadh is to defeat ISIS and other organizations. It aims at forming an Islamic alliance to defeat this ideology and spread true Islam. It also aims at deepening the military, political and economic cooperation between Washington and Riyadh, in which many details are already announced.
The American official praised the Saudi position and described it as frontrunner. He said that there is a real desire from the US side to work with Saudi Arabia.
Yes, it is not only about ISIS, but also about all those who promote chaos, militias and the mobilization of crowds, as it is the core of the Khomeinist policies.
The great alliance in Riyadh is aimed at combating all the sources of terrorism and its cultures: al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, Ansar al-Sharia, the Khomeini Revolutionary Guards, the Khomeini masses in Iraq, the Khomeini Party in Lebanon and the Houthi militias in Yemen.
All of these are the goals of the new alliance, without distinction. Therefore, the inauguration of the International Center against Terrorism and Extremism in the Saudi capital, in honor of President Trump, will be a special message and a pledge of commitment to the whole world, mainly the Muslim world that has been under the fire of Shiite and Sunni terrorism.
Riyadh is aware of the greatness of the goal and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the Arab-American Islamic Summit is establishing a partnership against terrorism between the Arabs and the West. Thus, this is the most important goal behind the American summit with the Arabs and Muslims that will be held in Saudi Arabia.
In the end, I am still convinced that the triumph of religious reforms and the fight against Muslim extremism is a global issue, similar to the global warming issue that is affecting all human beings. This is good news, because the cooperation on good issues is… good.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.
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