Na­jib to high­light Malaysia’s com­mit­ment to fight ter­ror

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RIYADH: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak will kick off his three-day work­ing visit to Saudi Ara­bia by high­light­ing Malaysia’s com­mit­ment to is­sues on ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism at a his­toric sum­mit be­tween United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Mus­lim lead­ers to­day.

Na­jib, who ar­rived at the King Sal­man Air Base here yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, joins more than 50 lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the Mus­lim world in a dis­cus­sion with Trump to ad­dress the West­ern world’s neg­a­tive sen­ti­ments against Is­lam at the Arab Is­lamic Amer­i­can Sum­mit.

The sum­mit was called by Saudi ruler King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud amid al­le­ga­tions of Is­lam­o­pho­bia against Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and its move to bar trav­ellers from certain Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries.

Trump, who is on his first of­fi­cial for­eign trip since tak­ing of­fice, be­gan a five-stop marathon trip across the Mid­dle East and Europe on Fri­day. Saudi Ara­bia is his first stop.

The Arab Is­lamic Amer­i­can Sum­mit is pre­ceded by two sum­mits — first be­tween Trump and King Sal­man, and sec­ond be­tween Trump and lead­ers of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­tries.

Na­jib, who is due to speak af­ter ad­dresses by King Sal­man and the US pres­i­dent, will reaf­firm Malaysia’s com­mit­ment in the fight against vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism.

Malaysia’s key role in in­ter­na­tional ef­forts against vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism will be high­lighted by do­mes­tic ini­tia­tives such as the wasatiyyah (the Qu­ranic in­junc­tion to­wards mod­er­a­tion) con­cept and de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme in­volv­ing hun­dreds of ex­trem­ists.

On the global front, the coun­try’s ini­tia­tives in­clude co­op­er­a­tion with the likes of Aus­tralia and New Zealand to stop funding to ter­ror­ist groups.

The prime min­is­ter’s speech is ex­pected to stress Malaysia’s stand against blam­ing ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism solely on Mus­lim rad­i­cals. Na­jib will likely stress that the is­sues of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism are not con­fined to a par­tic­u­lar re­li­gion.

To deal with it, the world com­mu­nity must identify and solve the root causes, which in­clude the strug­gle of the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

Be­sides the sum­mit, Na­jib is sched­uled to at­tend the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Saudi Ara­bia-led Global Cen­tre for Com­bat­ing Ex­trem­ist Ide­ol­ogy here.

On the fi­nal day of the visit to­mor­row, the prime min­is­ter is ex­pected to have an audience with King Sal­man, Crown Prince Mo­ham­mad Naif Al-Saud and Deputy Crown Prince Mo­hammed Sal­man Al-Saud.

Na­jib is also ex­pected to a have a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Bangladeshi Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina on the side­lines of the sum­mit.



Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak with Riyadh Deputy Gov­er­nor Prince Mo­hammed Ab­dul­rah­man at the King Sal­man Air Base in Riyadh yes­ter­day.

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