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Saudi Arabia pledges $10m for anti-terrorism centre

Kingdom signs agreement to contribute cash over next three years to set up UN initiative

Saudi Arabia pledges $10m for anti-terrorism centre
Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia has pledged to contribute $10m to set up an anti-terrorism centre for the United Nations.

An agreement was signed at UN headquarters in New York for the establishment of the UN Centre for Combating Terrorism, an initiative proposed by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at a conference in Riyadh in 2005.

The agreement was signed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.

Saudi Arabia will contribute $10 million over the next three years to set up the anti-terrorism centre.

Officials in the kingdom will also work to foster international counterterrorism cooperation and capacity-building, the Saudi Embassy in New York said in a statement.

Prince Saud said: “Terrorism has no religion. There are more than 1.5 billion Muslims in different parts of the world who represent an age-old culture that calls for peace, cooperation and tolerance.”

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the UN Secretary General added: “The centre will go a long way in countering terrorism around the world. What I see here today is the start of a new era in counterterrorism cooperation. States recognise that they cannot go it alone.”