(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Dushanbe:Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe hosted yesterday an international conference on regional and international cooperation in counter-terrorism and its financing through drug trafficking and organised crime.
The conference was held in cooperation with the State of Qatar, the United Nations, the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
The State of Qatar's delegation was chaired by the Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution, H E Dr Mutlaq bin Majid Al Qahtani.
The Special Envoy thanked the government of the Republic of Tajikistan for hosting the conference in cooperation and partnership with the government of the State of Qatar, the United Nations, the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He said that this was further proof of the strong and strategic partnerships the State of Qatar has in the field of countering terrorism and its finance.
The Special Envoy also stressed that combating the financing of terrorism remains one of the most important priorities for the State of Qatar, highlighting the legislation thatthe country adopted in that regard.
He said that terrorism and its financing represent a grave threat to international peace and security. He added that the international community has a collective responsibility to counter terrorism and its financing in line with international law and UN Security Council resolution number 2467, which calls on all countries to prevent terrorist acts and bans the provision of all support to people or organisation involved in terrorist attacks.
He added that the country has also ratified the majority of international and regional counter-terrorism agreements, and established national mechanisms in the fields of counter-terrorism in line with UN Security Council resolutions. He then said that Qatar is working closely with the designated UN agencies. He said that Qatar has recently contributed $75m to the UN Counter-Terrorism Office in support of its mission.
He highlighted the relationship between terrorism and Transnational organised crime, saying that it has become tangible and dangerous. He highlighted that these groups also began carrying out very complicated transactions using the Internet, stressing that governments will need to cooperate as they can no longer face these threats alone without coordination. He added that the international community cannot just stand helpless as some countries interfere in the internal affairs of others, in clear violation to the sovereignty of these countries.