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US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (C) hosts defense ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (ISIS) at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, July 20, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia hosts in Riyadh on Sunday the general staff chiefs of fourteen countries of the Global Coalition Against ISIS.

Representatives of Saudi Arabia, U.S., Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Turkey, Tunisia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco and Nigeria will discuss approaches to enhance the efforts of the coalition to paralyze and destroy ISIS capabilities.

On July 21, U.S. held the second ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition with the participation of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Minister of the Defense and deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Mohammed also chaired the delegation to the Coalition meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on February 12, 2016.

General Abdulrahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, chief of the general staff of Saudi Arabia confirmed that Saudi Arabia is committed to supporting all international efforts against terrorist organizations and groups that threaten the security and safety of the region and the world.

Gen. Bunyan said that Saudi Arabia was one of the countries that suffered most from terrorism. It had always been an ISIS target.

“But it had always reacted strongly and was ever more determined to continue the fight against all forms of terrorism, taking all necessary measures and working closely with Saudi Arabia’s coalition allies,” he added.

Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to call for a coalition to fight terrorism on all fronts: military, financially and intellectually.

Since the Global Coalition against ISIS was formed in September 2014, Saudi Arabia has donated $500 million for relief efforts in Iraq, and has participated in air strikes against ISIS and supported intelligence operations with coalition partners.

The Coalition includes 68 countries working jointly to tackling ISIS. The coalition is taking military action, targeting ISIS financial sources and economic infrastructure, and preventing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders.