Qatar dealing firmly with terrorism: Official

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Doha: Qatar is dealing firmly with the phenomenon of terrorism by issuing legislations to tackle it and enhance the country's international cooperation in this direction, National Counter-terrorism Committee Chairman, Maj Gen Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, said.

Speaking during the opening session of the seventh conference of the International Association of Police Academies and Colleges (INTERPA), which kicked off Monday, Maj Gen Al Ansari said Qatar has always affirmed its rejection of all acts of extremism and terrorism in all forms and manifestations, and expressed its support for all legal measures aimed at eliminating extremism and terrorism.

He added that Qatar has dealt with this phenomenon objectively and resolutely through the enactment of several laws and regulations, including the issuance of legislation on terrorism. "It has also acceded to several conventions on terrorism at the regional and international levels and concluded bilateral agreements with fraternal and friendly countries."

He also referred to Qatar's cooperation with the counter-terrorism committees established in line with the UN Security Council resolutions as well as its constant efforts to exchange information, expertise and technical assistance in the fields of security work and to implement international and regional resolutions and strategies related to combating extremism and terrorism.

Since its inception in 2007, Maj Gen Al Ansari said, the National Counter-terrorism Committee has not been working independently of other relevant authorities in the country. "When the issue of violent extremism came to light, the committee was keen to form a national working group comprising representatives of civil society and thought leaders in society to help it carry out its mandate."

This group is helping the committee in preventing the spread of extremist ideology that leads to terrorism, preventing the recruitment of individuals to join terrorist groups, promoting the values of tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of the other, and proposing media awareness plans to highlight the danger of extremist ideology and its destructive effects on society, the National Counter-terrorism Committee chairman added.

He highlighted the theme of the INTERPA conference on "New Trends in Combating Terrorism and Extremism" saying that convening the event is a clear demonstration of being aware of the danger of extremism and terrorism at the international level.

He added that choosing extremism and terrorism as the theme of this year's edition came after the phenomenon has become a major concern for all societies. "There is no difference in this between developed and developing countries. There is no society on earth that was not affected by this scourge, which led to international conviction that preventive and curative measures should be taken to confront it and control its internal and external dimensions."

The National Counter-terrorism Committee chairman noted that the agenda of the conference is full of many topics that constitute a fundamental step towards achieving its objectives, especially in relation to combating terrorism in international sporting events, political violence and combating terrorism, in addition to the issue of dissemination of fundamentalism, which he is participating with a paper on.

Concluding his remarks, Maj Gen Al Ansari expressed thanks and appreciation to INTERPA for its initiative in presenting new and emerging topics and phenomena within its working programs. He hoped that the conference will produce precise recommendations and outcomes that support the international efforts to confront the serious scourge of terrorism.


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