World ‘must end’ scourge of terror

World ‘must end’ scourge of terror
Updated 18 November 2015

World ‘must end’ scourge of terror

World ‘must end’ scourge of terror

ANTALYA: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has condemned the terror attacks in France and urged the international community to “redouble efforts” to counter this “evil” facing nations across the globe.
In a speech at a working dinner Sunday night hosted by Turkey at the G-20 meeting in Antalya on global terrorism and the plight of refugees, King Salman sent his condolences to the French people.
“As we offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of France, we strongly denounce and condemn this heinous criminal acts that are not sanctioned by any religion and of which Islam is completely innocent,” said King Salman.
“We emphasize the need for the international community to redouble its efforts to eradicate this dangerous scourge and to rid the world of its evil that threaten world peace and security and hinder our efforts in promoting global economic growth and sustainability,” he said.
King Salman said that the lack of political stability and security was hampering global economic growth.
He said the Middle East has many crises including the Palestinian cause. The international community has a responsibility to ensure that a peaceful solution is reached that would recognize the rights of the Palestinian people, including an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.
He said the international community must take a firm stance against the repeated Israeli acts of aggression against the Palestinian people and its violation of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
King Salman said there must also be an urgent solution found to the Syrian crisis that has led to the destruction, killing and displacement of that country’s citizens, based on decisions taken by the United Nations.
“With regard to the problem of Syrian refugees, it is obvious to everyone that it is the product of a regional and international problem. We appreciate international efforts, especially the efforts of neighboring countries and other countries to alleviate the suffering and pain of Syrian immigrants.
“It is certain that addressing the problem requires finding a peaceful solution to the crisis and standing by the Syrian people’s right to live in dignity in their homeland. The suffering of this people is exacerbated by the inaction of the international community in finding a solution,” he said.
He said the Kingdom has helped to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. “We have dealt with the Syrian brothers in the Kingdom in a way that surpasses international regulations concerning the rights of refugees, migrants and expatriates.”
With regard to the situation in Yemen, King Salman said the Kingdom and its allies are keen to find a political solution in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2216. “They are also keen to provide all aid and humanitarian relief to the brotherly Yemeni people.”
He said there was now a “favorable opportunity” for cooperation that would find “truly global solutions for the pressing challenges facing us in the fight against terrorism and the problem of refugees,” and the growth and sustainability of the world economy.
King Salman said that the Kingdom has suffered significantly from terrorism over several years and is keen to address all aspects of the problem, including funding for extremists groups, and education and awareness campaigns on the true message of Islam.
“It is no secret for all those who are fair that moderation and tolerance is the path of Islam and we are cooperating fully with the international community to face the phenomenon of terrorism at the security, intellectual and legal levels.”
He said the Kingdom proposed the establishment of the International Center for the Fight against Terrorism under the United Nations and donated $110 million to it. He called on other countries to support the body, which is aimed at exchanging information on terrorism and conducting research.