‘US, Mus­lim world must co­op­er­ate to con­front ter­ror’

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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.

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