KL - RIYADH TIES BREAK NEW GROUND

Saudi Ara­bia, Malaysia agree to in­ten­sify ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AZURA ABAS AND HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN SEPANG news@nst.com.my

KING Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud’s his­toric four-day state visit, which ended yes­ter­day, has hugely ex­panded the level of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween long-stand­ing al­lies Malaysia and Saudi Ara­bia.

RE­GIONAL and in­ter­na­tional is­sues af­fect­ing the Is­lamic world took cen­tre stage dur­ing the four-day state visit by Saudi ruler King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud, which ended on a high note yes­ter­day.

King Sal­man and Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak ex­changed views on the prospects and ways to de­velop bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, and to in­ten­sify co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing pol­i­tics, econ­omy and se­cu­rity.

In a joint state­ment, Malaysia and Saudi Ara­bia had agreed to in­ten­sify ef­forts from within the Is­lamic world to con­front ex­trem­ism, re­ject sec­tar­i­an­ism and move Mus­lims to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture, in line with the ob­jec­tives and pur­pose of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion to achieve in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

“The two sides agreed that ter­ror­ism should not be linked to any race, colour or re­li­gion.

“This was the most important is­sue that was dis­cussed and the two sides agreed on the need to in­ten­sify joint ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tion, what­ever its ori­gin.”

On the es­tab­lish­ment of the King Sal­man Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Peace, which will fo­cus on com­bat­ing ex­treme nar­ra­tives, the state­ment said it would be launched within 90 days.

The cen­tre’s es­tab­lish­ment would in­volve col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween var­i­ous agen­cies — the Saudi De­fence Min­istry’s In­tel­lec­tual War­fare Cen­tre, Malaysian De­fence Min­istry’s Se­cu­rity and De­fence Cen­tre, the Is­lamic Science Univer­sity of Malaysia and the Mus­lim World League.

In keep­ing with the con­struc­tive spirit of the meet­ings that took place be­tween the two sides, the po­lit­i­cal is­sues in the Mid­dle East were also re­viewed, par­tic­u­larly the Pales­tinian is­sue.

Malaysia and Saudi Ara­bia stressed the im­por­tance of and the need to reach a last­ing, com­pre­hen­sive and just so­lu­tion to re­solve this is­sue ac­cord­ing to the con­tents of the Arab Peace Ini­tia­tive and re­lated res­o­lu­tions.

The two coun­tries stressed the need to find a so­lu­tion to the Syr­ian cri­sis based on the Geneva 1 state­ment and United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2254.

The two coun­tries said it was important to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for Syr­ian refugees in­side and out­side Syria.

“The two sides also stressed the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing Ye­men’s unity, in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty, and the im­por­tance of a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the cri­sis, based on the Gulf Ini­tia­tive and out­come of the na­tional di­a­logue and UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2216.”

Malaysia and Saudi Ara­bia also ex­pressed con­cern over Ira­nian in­ter­fer­ence in the re­gion.

On trade ties, the two coun­tries were on the same page in boost­ing in­vest­ments and ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in light of Saudi Ara­bia’s Vi­sion 2030.

Eight mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing worth RM40.7 bil­lion were inked on the third day of King Sal­man’s visit.

King Sal­man ex­pressed his deep thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Yang diPer­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V, Na­jib and the peo­ple of Malaysia for the warm re­cep­tion and gen­er­ous hospi­tal­ity ex­tended to him and his del­e­ga­tion. Page 1 pic: Saudi Ara­bia’s ruler King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud and Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak say­ing their farewells at the Bunga Raya Com­plex of the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

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