The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its firm commitment and great interest in battling the scourge of terrorism, as well as its strong engagement with the UN in this sector, based on the Kingdom’s pioneering and ongoing collaboration with the UN in global anti-terrorist operations.
This was said in a speech presented recently by Counselor Mohammed Abdulaziz Al-Ateeq, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Kingdom’s permanent representation to the UN, during the annual briefing at the ambassadorial level for member states of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism.
According to Al-Ateeq, the Kingdom’s engagement with the UN in counter-terrorism operations is exemplified by the Kingdom’s contribution to the development of the UN Counter-Terrorism Center, which was formed in 2011, as well as its leadership position in chairing the Center’s advisory board.
The kingdom contributes to the implementation of the UN global plan in this sector, which includes major aspects drawn from Member States’ objectives in its seventh review in June 2021, according to Al-Ateeq.
He emphasized that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is constantly working to strengthen multilateral cooperation to combat terrorism with the UN, noting that the memorandum of understanding signed in 2021 between the UN Center for Counter-Terrorism, Etidal (the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology), and Naif Arab University for Security Sciences came to strengthen this partnership, which has been deepened further through the Kingdom’s involvement.
These goals, according to Al-Ateeq, are focused on exchanging knowledge and best practices, executing action plans through international workshops and debating critical themes that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes critical in countering terrorism.
He also stated that the Kingdom favors a soft approach to countering terrorism by conducting awareness programs, involving the young, fostering tolerance, and caring for terrorist victims.