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UAE, Saudi warn Europe to stop harbouring terror groups

Global Centre for Combatting Extremist Ideology is a huge step to confront radical thought: Al Nahyan

UAE, Saudi warn Europe to stop harbouring terror groups
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The UAE’s foreign minister has called on European countries to stop being “incubators of terror” and to address the issue.

“Saudi Arabia is more keen to fight terrorism than the Europeans,” Arab News quoted Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan as saying said during the 'Tweeps Forum 2017' in Saudi Arabia – an event hosted as part of the US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

“The voices we hear calling for murder and shedding blood and stealing the wealth of people are in London, Germany, Spain and Italy. There will come a day when we see far more radicals, extremists and terrorists coming from Europe because of (a) lack of decision-making, and trying to be politically correct.

“From now on, we will ‘name and shame’ these countries. We will classify them as incubators of terror if they don’t address this problem of terrorism in their lands,” he added.

According to the daily, the ministers, in a panel discussion on digital responses to extremism, discussed tackling the promotion of extremism on social media.

“Social media (players) must realise that there is content that is exploited by extremist and terrorist groups that want to recruit our sons and daughters and want to hijack religion. Unfortunately, there is a legislative vacuum at the international level to criminalise this content.”

He added that the establishment of a Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology, which was one of the outcomes of the US-Saudi summit, is a huge step by the Kingdom to confront radical thought.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said that one of the challenges is not knowing the identity of users on social media sites.

“However, companies have begun to cooperate more by identifying those who instigate or plan terrorist acts, and it is only a matter of time before there is an effective mechanism that doesn’t affect the freedom of legitimate users,” he added.