Jeddah (IINA) � Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen welcomed the decision of leaders of five Sahel countries (G5) to establish a Joint Counter-terrorism Force to combat violent extremist and terrorist groups operating in their common space.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen stressed the importance that the OIC attaches to such a collaboration by its member states, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, in combating the threat that terrorism poses to their security and stability. He also commended the leaders of the G5 who are all member states of the OIC for the important decision taken at their one-day summit, held in the Malian capital, Bamako, on February 6.
The secretary general further noted that such a concrete collective action would go a long way in confronting the wave of cross-border attacks by militant and terrorist groups spreading insecurity in Africa's Sahel region.
Source: International Islamic News Agency (IINA)