Combating terrorism is greatest challenge in Arab world — Kuwait

TUNIS, March 2 (KUNA) — Kuwait Interior Minister affirmed on Wednesday that combating terrorism and drying up its sources constitute the greatest challenge facing Arab security apparatuses.
Addressing the 33rd session of the Arab Interior Ministers 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