Riyadh, KL to dis­cuss peace cen­tre on April 10

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KUALA LUMPUR: A del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia will ar­rive in Malaysia on April 10 to dis­cuss plans to build the King Salman Cen­tre for Global Peace here, said De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein.

He said sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing Qatar and the United States, sup­ported the ini­tia­tive, which aimed to com­bat ex­treme nar­ra­tives prop­a­gated by the Is­lamic State.

“We have to show the world that IS is not the true face of Is­lam. We have to show the world that wasatiyyah (mod­er­a­tion) is the true face of Is­lam,” he said at the Par­lia­ment lobby here yes­ter­day.

He ex­pressed hope that Asean coun­tries would sup­port the project, which would be spear­headed by Malaysia and Saudi Ara­bia.

“We will also think about how to ex­pand the cen­tre. (Saudi ruler) King Salman Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud and I have agreed to im­ple­ment this ini­tia­tive in 90 days (since it was an­nounced on Feb 28).”

Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Dr Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki said he had chaired sev­eral spe­cial com­mit­tee meet­ings to es­tab­lish the cen­tre within 90 days.

“This cen­tre will not only in­tro­duce ways to fight ter­ror but will also bring for­ward themes based on true Is­lam,” he said.

He said the cen­tre would fo­cus on ef­forts to curb ex­treme ide­olo­gies, with the co­op­er­a­tion of var­i­ous coun­tries on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

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