Saudi Arabia chairs UN counter-terrorism meeting

Saudi Arabia chairs UN counter-terrorism meeting
Some of the participants during Sunday's virtual meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre advisory board are shown in this computer screenshot. (Supplied)
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Updated 22 June 2020

Saudi Arabia chairs UN counter-terrorism meeting

Saudi Arabia chairs UN counter-terrorism meeting

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, on Sunday chaired the 20th meeting — held virtually — of the advisory board of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT).

The meeting discussed the 2019 annual report and the report on UNCCT's most important projects during the first quarter of 2020.

It reviewed the programs of UNCCT, “supporting member states in the prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals suspected or convicted of committing terrorist acts, including foreign terrorist fighters and their families.”

The meeting also watched a presentation on UNCCT’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was attended by the undersecretary-general of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, the director of UNCCT, Jehangir Khan, and a Saudi delegation.

The advisory board is formed by 21 member states. along with the EU as a guest member, and is chaired by Saudi Arabia. The board provides advice to UNCCT, which was established with the help and support of Saudi Arabia.

The centre updates the advisory board on the progress in the implementation of its programs and projects on a quarterly basis.