OIC strongly condemns all terrorist acts, UN forum told

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemns all acts and practices of terrorism at the meeting of the sixth committee of the UN General Assembly. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2019

OIC strongly condemns all terrorist acts, UN forum told

  • OIC says that terrorist acts can never be justified, regardless of motives, objectives, forms and manifestations

NEW YORK: The head of the counterterrorism section of the Saudi permanent mission to the UN, Abdul Majeed bin Abdulrahman Al-Babtain, said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemns all acts and practices of terrorism.

He added that the OIC believes that terrorist acts can never be justified, regardless of motives, objectives, forms and manifestations.

This was part of Saudi Arabia’s address on behalf of the OIC at the meeting of the sixth committee of the UN General Assembly on measures to eliminate international terrorism.

Al-Babtain reiterated that terrorist acts constitute a flagrant violation of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law.

He added that terrorism jeopardizes the territorial integrity and stability of states and threatens national, regional and international security.

Al-Babtain said that the OIC member states have pledged their continued support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states in accordance with the charter of the UN and international law.

He said: “The OIC rejects associating terrorism with any religion, race, creed or society in this context. And while the organization has been informed of the statements of the presidents and world leaders who have separated Islam from terrorist organizations, we strongly condemn any attempt to link Islam to terrorism to achieve any interests. These attempts can be in the interest of terrorists or may lead to a call for religious hatred, discrimination and hostility towards Muslims.

“Accordingly, we strongly believe in the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding and cooperation among religions, cultures and civilizations to achieve global peace and harmony.”

Al-Babtain said that the OIC reaffirms its commitment to strengthening international cooperation to combat terrorism, highlighting that it believes that a comprehensive approach is necessary for the fight against terrorism.

“This should be done by addressing the root causes of terrorism, including the unlawful use of force, aggression, foreign occupation, international conflicts, political marginalization and alienation,” he added, underscoring that it is necessary to combat all terrorist groups and organizations wherever they are.

Al-Babtain pointed out that the OIC reiterates the need to distinguish between terrorism and the rights of self-determination and resisting foreign occupation.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.