Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the foreign minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said here today that the threat of terrorism which started to spread fiercely in the region is the one from which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has long time ago warned.
In a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Prince Saud Al-Faisal said following the regional meeting designed to discuss ways of combating terrorism in the region with the participation of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the United States of America, that this meeting comes amid the rising of the threat of terrorism in the region and the increase of number of terrorist organizations supporting it.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal recalled that this threat which started to spread in the region fiercely is the one from which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has long time ago warned from, the last of which was on the first of last August when he said ‘it is shameful that those terrorists are doing this in the name of our religion, killing innocent people, mutilating their dead bodies and speaking proudly for this in the name of the religion which is innocent, thus defaming the profile of Islam, which in fact a pure, human and correct religion’. On the spot, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques called on the leaders of the world and Ulema of the Islamic world to do their duties to face extremism, hatred and terrorism and expressed upset that the world community is silent towards what is happening in the entire region, Prince Saud added.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has sent a message when he received ambassadors of several ambassadors on 29th of August this year underscoring the importance of fighting this malignant lesion with the most possible force, reason and speed, warning from neglecting it, otherwise it would spread in Europe and America in few months.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal also lauded the contents of the speech delivered by U.S. President Barack Obama calling for chasing terrorists wherever they might go, noting that today’s meeting was briefed by Secretary of State Kerry on the U.S. strategy in this regard.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal said ‘today’s meeting was a good opportunity for us to discuss the phenomenon from different aspects, and probe its roots and causes in-depth, and we expressed keenness to come out with an unified vision on how to combat it militarily, security and intelligencewise, economically, politically and intellectually’. He added that the participants in the meeting were keen to deal with the phenomenon of terrorism from a strategic and comprehensive profile that is not confined to a single country but stretches to deal with terrorism which now ravages each of Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen which became a final station for those organizations and their networks, particularly as regards the flow of weapons and equipment to it and across each of them.
He drew the attention that establishment of ISIL is yet a good example for the spread of terror that aborted the borders between Iraq and Syria, a development enabling it to move freely into the Syrian territories with all its forces and equipment using the place as a safe haven when trying to evade heavy shelling in Iraq.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal said the other element of the issue which was discussed in today’s meeting is the importance of drawing explicit plans and policies and sharing of responsibilities in addition to seriousness and continuation of the required movement to wipe out the terrorist organizations as lagging behind will not help to root-out this phenomenon, not only that but it might encourage them to come from behind more stronger than before. He cited previous experiences to prove this.
He said that it goes without saying that any security move against terror should be accompanied by serious moves to combat the deviant thinking that leads to terrorism, cut financing and the flow of weapons to them from some countries who are working hard to destabilize the region and interfere into their internal affairs.
He said the meeting discussed the instable political situations in some countries where terrorism is centralized, a matter that necessitates intensifying political efforts to rectify the situations in those countries so that their citizens come together, regardless of their religious sects and social ethnicity with all the needed fairness and equality, including rights and duties, noting that, as part of the required efforts to combat terrorism, it was asserted that it is important to preserve the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integration of the countries.