‘US, Muslim world must cooperate to confront terror’
RIYADH: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the United States and the Muslim world must stand ready to confront terror swiftly, ensuring that the barbarism seen in Syria and Iraq is rooted out.
Najib, who is on a three-day visit here for the Arab Islamic American Summit, said it was up to Muslim and US leaders at the summit to forge a partnership, and they must prove, once and for all, that there was no clash of civilisation between the Muslim and Western worlds.
In an editorial in Al Riyadh today, he wrote: “There is only a clash with civilisation, and on that, we all — members of all religions — must stand united together as one: firm, determined and ready to act.”
Although the so-called caliphate established by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was diminishing, Najib said the threat from terrorists who blaspheme the name of Islam remained high.
Najib joins 54 other world leaders and representatives, including US President Donald Trump, at the summit.
Malaysia suffered its first attempted IS-linked attack last year, and Najib said it was only through the determined, heroic actions of the police and security forces that prevented fatalities and thwarted further atrocities.
“Now, more than ever, the world needs a new partnership to confront extremism and terrorism that His Majesty King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud proposes we build at this summit.”
Najib is due to participate in the inauguration of the Saudi Arabia-led Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology, which aims to fight radicalism and promote moderation.
Malaysia is also set to support Saudi Arabia-led efforts to show a peaceful vision of Islam to visiting United States President Donald Trump amid wars against radicals, at a summit here tomorrow.
Najib was invited by King Salman to participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit this weekend as Trump, according to observers, looked to build bridges after allegations of Islamophobia against his administration and its effort to bar travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.
The summit, observers added, was part of preparations for a new US strategy mobilising the Muslim world against the Islamic State as well as against groups such as Lebanon-based Hizbollah.
Najib is one of the leaders scheduled to speak at the summit.
Leaders and representatives from 54 other countries, from Brunei to Africa’s Niger and heavyweights like Turkey, had also been invited to tomorrow’s summit with Trump.
Najib is scheduled to attend the inauguration of the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology here, with Malaysia expected to play a major role in the centre’s development.
This is a recognition not only by Saudi Arabia but also by the world of the active and important role that Malaysia plays in the global effort to combat terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday.
On the final day of his visit on Monday, Najib is expected to have an audience with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammad Naif AlSaud and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Salman Al-Saud.
The meetings will provide the opportunity for both sides to discuss bilateral and regional issues of common interest.
“Malaysia and Saudi Arabia are working closely to promote peace, stability and security in the Islamic world and beyond. It is expected that the prime minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia will enhance these efforts as well as further strengthen bilateral relations, which are already at an all-time high,” the ministry said.
Najib is also expected to have a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Najib is accompanied by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also special functions minister, and Minister in the Prime Minister ’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, as well as senior government officials.