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M’sia working with Saudi to thwart IS in holy sites


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is working closely with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to thwart the latest threat by the Islamic State group to attack Islam’s holiest sites, the Kaaba and Prophet’s Mosque, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He added that he discussed the matter in detail during a telephone conversation on Saturday with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Muhammad Salman, who is also the Defence Minister.

“His Highness expressed his deep concern and the seriousness of this threat, and we agreed that high-level officers from the kingdom will be coming here to share intelligence and decide on the next course of action,” Hishammuddin said after the Bandar Tun Razak Umno division meeting here yesterday.

“I am also perturbed by this de­­velopment and Malaysia will give its fullest cooperation. Coincidental­ly, I received a call earlier from the Qatari Defence Minister.”

However, he did not divulge what was discussed between him and his Qatari counterpart, Khaled Al-Atti­yah.

Hishammuddin, who is also Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department, explained that Malaysia’s cooperation with any country is based on facts.

“That is why countries in the Middle East are comfortable sha­ring military intelligence with us.

“This is something great, that Ma­­laysia is seen as a country of refe­rence on defence matters,” he said.

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