Arab interior ministers condemn practices by “the terrorist Hezbollah”

Arab interior ministers meeting
Arab interior ministers meeting

TUNIS, March 2 (KUNA) — Arab interior ministers on Wednesday denounced dangerous acts by “the terrorist (organization) Hezbollah aimed at undermining security and social peace in some Arab states” however Lebanon expressed reservation at labelling Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
The Arab Interior Council, in the final communique of its 33rd session, named “Tunisia Declaration for Combating Terrorism,” expressed unwavering condemnation of all forms and sources of terrorism. It also decried all acts of terrorism including those aimed at sectarian or racial minorities; perpetrated by radical organizations or sectarian militias.
The Arab Interior Council condemned the dangerous acts “by the terrorist (organization) Hezbollah for undermining security and societies’ peace in some Arab states,” affirming backing for measures taken by the member states to combat the other “terrorist organizations, Daesh and Al-Qaeda.” Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the so-called Islamic State (IS), widely regarded as an offshoot of the mainstream radical movement, Al-Qaeda.
The communique lambasted all forms of terrorism and its financing, affirming categorical rejection of all acts of blackmail, threats and extortion, practiced by terrorist groups to finance their crimes. It also called on all states to abide by relevant Security Council resolutions, declared the Arab council member states’ determination to pursue the fight against terrorism, tackling its causes, bolstering inter-Arab cooperation at this level and uprooting this peril.
It assailed “the state terrorism practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories” and the recent attacks on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran, as well as maltreatment of Saudi diplomats and their families.
The ministers denounced recent abduction of Qatari citizens in Iraq, urging authorities in Baghdad to do everything possible to free them.
They expressed strong condemnation of Iranian actions aimed at jeopardizing security and stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain and many Arab countries, undermining peaceful co-existence among segments of the Arab communities with sectarian incitement, and declared support for measures taken by the Arab states in facing such schemes and actions.
The ministers expressed full support for the Arab coalition, hailing its efforts for supporting legitimacy in Yemen and facing Al-Qaeda and the IS and the “terrorist Houthi militias.” In a statement after the meeting, Lebanese Interior Minister Nuhad Al-Machnouk expressed reservation at branding Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, saying that it is “part of the Lebanese Government and a partner of the (internal) political process and part of the Lebanese society.” Earlier today, Kuwait Interior Minister affirmed that combating terrorism and drying up its sources constitute the greatest challenge facing Arab security apparatuses.
Addressing the 33rd session of the Arab Interior Council, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, also the Deputy Premier, said hard circumstances prevailing in a number of Arab states led to insecurity and instability. “It’s our duty to sense these circumstances and we should seek maximum cooperation and coordination” to deal with these challenges, he said.
Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled sounded the alarm bell due to the terrorist incidents, warning that no country “would be immune from the terrorist operations.” He called for serious action to cutt off “arteries of terrorism and drying up financing resources and protecting our sons from its perils.” “Intellectual security is the mightiest arm in facing and conquering terrorism,” he said, praising in particular role at this level by the Saudi Naif University for Security Sciences.
Tremendous development in the social media means rendered the electronic realms a fertile entity for terrorist organizations, threatening the intellectual security by large, and this warrants unification of efforts and activation of pacts for combating cyber crimes and establishing bridges of cooperation with the operating companies for sake of preserving peoples’ security, the Kuwaiti Interior Minister stated at the Arab conference.
Extraordinary security conditions in the Arab world have resulted in arms proliferation, in addition to drugs’ spread, he said, warning against an approach to amend some anti-narcotics international conventions, including the notion to cancel execution and allowing deals in some drugs.
Such ideas are expected to be put forward at the 59th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs due in Vienna next month and the extraordinary UN General Assembly session for discussing drugs in April, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled added.
Arab states should unify their stances and take a joint attitude to “abort this scheme and confront notions that compromise our basic principles and doctrine,” he said. (end) ksj.rk