Sunday, January 30, 2005

Saudi Arabia to hold international conference to discuss terrorism

From the Khaleej Times Online:
DUBAI - Delegates from 49 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Russia, as well as representatives of several international organizations, will participate in the first global anti-terror conference February 5-8.

The Saudi newspaper Arab News said Crown Prince Abdullah will open the four-day event at the newly established King Abdul Aziz Convention Center in the capital Riyadh.

The Foreign Ministry has completed preparations for the conference that will highlight Saudi Arabia’s efforts to combat terrorism, Arab News said.

The conference will discuss ways to eradicate the root causes of global terrorism and measures to help tackle money laundering as well as drug and arms smuggling.

The discussions will focus on four topics: roots of terrorism; relation between terrorism and drugs; the culture of terrorism; and the relation between terrorism and arms smuggling and money laundering.

A number of heads of state and presidents of international organizations are expected to take part in the conference.

“We have invited all countries that have suffered from terrorism to the conference and all have agreed to take part,” Prince Turki ibn Muhammad, assistant undersecretary for political affairs at the Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying.

The participants include 14 Arab countries including Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Jordan and Algeria, and 14 non-Arab Asian countries including Japan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and the Philippines.

Leading international organizations participating in the event are the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Arab League, the European Union, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Makkah-based Muslim World League.
Where is the other topic?
  1. The relation between Saudi sponsored salafist tracts and terrorism
See here.

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