World faces ‘urgent’ war on terror, Saudi envoy tells UN 

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi Saudi ambassador to the UN
Updated 04 April 2019
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World faces ‘urgent’ war on terror, Saudi envoy tells UN 

  • Al-Mouallimi highlighted the Kingdom’s “resolution to combat all terrorist crimes and violence based on religion or belief.”

NEW YORK: Combating the extremist ideologies that fuel terror and militant violence is one of the world’s most urgent challenges, Saudi Arabia told the UN.

In a speech to the General Assembly, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, highlighted the Kingdom’s resolve “to combat all terrorist crimes and violence based on religion or belief.”

Al-Mouallimi also condemned the “despicable and disgraceful terrorist act that claimed the lives of innocents” in an attack on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand.

“Despite the pain we are suffering from this heinous crime, we stand with respect for the New Zealand people and government. Their feelings have been filled with love, sympathy and cohesion,” he said. “We also salute the Muslims of New Zealand who received these feelings with a mutual love that transcends the wounds and affirms the tolerance of Islam.”

Saudi Arabia is confronting terrorist ideology and activity at local, regional and international levels, Al-Mouallimi said.

The Kingdom is working to investigate the root causes of extremism and has developed a security strategy based on three elements — prevention, rehabilitation and care.

Al-Mouallimi urged social networking sites and platforms to reject hate speech and to ensure that publishers of extremist messages are brought to justice.

“The virtual world cannot be a haven for terrorists and fanatics,” he said. “Freedom of expression must respect all human beings.

He added: “If we want to defeat terrorism, we must all believe that any terrorist threat to any country is a threat to all our countries.

“We must go beyond the narrow view of our interests (and realize) that terrorism does not belong to race, religion or nationality, but belongs to hatred and denial of the other.”


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.