Saudi Prince hails Muslim countries to join the fight against ISIS

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN11 - H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, Prince of Saudi Royal Family is captured during the session 'WHAT IF: Iran develops a nuclear weapon?' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Sebastian Derungs

Abu Dhabi: A prominent Saudi prince has appealed Muslim countries to take the lead in fighting terrorism. Prince Turki al-Faial told reporters in Abu Dhabi yesterday, an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance of 34 nations, that was announced in the last December, should have been created sooner.

The Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism is an intergovernmental military alliance of 34 countries in the Muslim world united around military intervention against Islamic State and other counter-terrorist.

Prince Faial has earlier held ambassador posts to the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. His comments came as Saudi Arabia hosts an 18-day military exercise with 20 members of the new alliance, which includes Pakistan, Sudan, Jordan and neighboring Gulf states. The ongoing exercise named ‘Thunder of the North’, is the largest military exercise witnessed in the region.