Saudi Gazette report
THE Kingdom has reiterated the need to defeat terrorism in the hearts and minds of people in villages, cities and societies across the globe. “The Kingdom has realized that the war to defeat terrorism will take a long time and that the victory in this war must be on a wide international scale,” Abdullah Al-Muallami, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said on Friday.
Al-Muallami also affirmed that relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States will be much stronger under President Donald Trump’s leadership. “The Saudi–US relations are strong, stable and founded on solid basis, and will continue to further strengthen,” he said while addressing a counterterrorism seminar in Washington. The seminar was organized by the Center for Middle East Policy and the Gulf Research Center at the National Press Club.
Al-Muallami noted that the choice of President Trump to visit Saudi Arabia among the first countries to visit in his four-nation tour emphasizes the importance of strengthening relations between USA, Saudi Arabia and the Arab and Islamic world.
Al-Muallami also highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts in draining sources of terrorist funding within the Kingdom and abroad.
He also cautioned that any rhetoric to incite Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred would be instrumental only in serving the interests of terrorism and extremism. “The war against terrorism is a long and multifaceted one that requires international cooperation,” he added.
Addressing the seminar, Lt. Col. Khaled Al-Zahrani from the Ministry of Interior, said there has been a decline in the number of Saudis taking part in terror attacks in the Kingdom while the number of foreigners posted an increase. “It is obvious from this that the government is successful in making the citizens aware of the dangers of extremism and terrorism.
The Kingdom was struck with 335 terrorist operations since 1979 and the security forces were able to foil 229 terror operations,” he said and added that the Kingdom does not want to condone its counterterrorism efforts. On the other hand, he said, it wants to listen and is happy to see other countries taking advantage of such efforts.
In their speeches, former US Ambassador to the Kingdom Richard Fryer, and former US Ambassador to Oman Richard Shmerir praised the Kingdom’s efforts in fighting terrorism and bilateral cooperation in this area.