Saudi UN envoy calls for wider terror sanctions

Saudi UN envoy calls for wider terror sanctions
Terrorism should not be linked to religion, nationality or race, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, told a meeting of ambassadors of OIC member states. (SPA)
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Updated 11 March 2020

Saudi UN envoy calls for wider terror sanctions

Saudi UN envoy calls for wider terror sanctions
  • Al-Mouallimi focused on issues agreed by OIC states after consultations led by Saudi Arabia
  • The meeting was chaired by the UAE at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday

JEDDAH: Terrorism should not be linked to religion, nationality or race, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, told a meeting of ambassadors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.
In his address as chairman of the Islamic group to combat terrorism on behalf of the OIC, Al-Mouallimi said that the use of terms linking terror to religion, such as Islamic State, should be avoided. 
There should be no discrimination between terrorist groups from all religions and sects, and calls for extremism and terrorism should be condemned regardless of their source, he added.
The meeting was chaired by the UAE at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
Al-Mouallimi focused on issues agreed by OIC states after consultations led by Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi envoy’s address summarized OIC member states’ major role in combating terrorism, and their call for the comprehensive implementation of the anti-terrorism strategy, as well as their emphasis on full respect for sovereignty and equality in accordance with the UN charter.
Al Mouallimi called for an extension of Security Council sanctions related to Daesh and Al-Qaeda in order to include all terrorist groups that have targeted Muslims.
He also urged countries to develop comprehensive strategies to protect critical infrastructure from terror attacks.


Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Updated 03 December 2020

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), in collaboration with the European Council of Religious Leaders, organized a virtual dialogue seminar under the theme “The Contributions of Religious Leaders in Tackling Violent Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe: Fight and Response.”
The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria. 
KAICIID’s secretary-general, Faisal bin Muaammar, said that terrorists’ behavior stemmed from a false and misleading understanding of their religion. “They chose the language of violence, leaving behind all peaceful alternatives,” he said.

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The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria.

Bin Muaammar highighted the effects social media platforms have in fueling violence and hatred after similar attacks in recent years.
“The responses and counter-responses from followers of religions and cultures in Europe and the world at large fuel controversy, hate speech and crimes according to research and studies adopted in this regard,” he said.
“The abuse of religion on one hand, and the targeting of societal components, religion, race and culture, on the other hand, have become an exciting feature of some societies. Last week, there was an attack on a rabbi on a street in Vienna because of his apparent religious identity only. Behind every story like this, there may be hundreds of similar stories out of the spotlight,” he added.
Participants addressed several themes, including the effectiveness of dialogue, and strengthening partnerships between religious leaders and policymakers to prevent extremism and potential violence.
Bin Muammar said that the virtual seminar reflects the center’s attempt to “provide space for reflection, confidence and participation.”