Na­jib urges Mus­lim lead­ers to take lead in fight­ing ter­ror

New Straits Times - - News - DATUK SERI NA­JIB RAZAK

across the Mus­lim world, Trump stressed that the war on ter­ror­ism was not a fight be­tween dif­fer­ent faiths, or civil­i­sa­tions.

He urged Mus­lim na­tions to take the lead in fight­ing ex­trem­ists and ter­ror­ists, and blamed Iran for the in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and other Mus­lim lead­ers at the sum­mit reaf­firmed the ur­gent need for closer co­op­er­a­tion and mod­er­a­tion in the global fight against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism.

Amid ris­ing re­gional ten­sions, many be­lieved that Iran and Syria must halt spurring sec­tar­ian strife and in­ter­fer­ence in af­fairs re­lated to re­gional coun­tries.

Na­jib, who was here on the in­vi­ta­tion of King Sal­man, was one of five lead­ers in­vited to ad­dress the sum­mit af­ter Jor­dan, Egypt, In­done­sia and Kuwait.

This is in recog­ni­tion of Malaysia’s role in fight­ing ex­trem­ism and pro­mot­ing mod­er­a­tion.

Malaysia has con­sis­tently ad­vo­cated unity in the ummah, re­spect­ing the var­i­ous Is­lamic sects, in­clud­ing Shias and Sun­nis, as it be­lieves this is key to en­sur­ing sta­bil­ity and peace.

Na­jib as­serted that Iran should not un­der­mine sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East.

“As a coun­try that en­joys and val­ues good re­la­tions with coun­tries in the re­gion, Malaysia feels that Iran should avoid any ac­tion that could be in­ter­preted as in­ter­fer­ing in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of its neigh­bours.

“This is not only for the sake of re­gional sta­bil­ity but also for the unity of the ummah.”

The driv­ing theme of his speech is that the Mus­lim na­tions com­pletely con­demn ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

That un­sta­ble re­gions are fer­tile grounds for ter­ror­ism to flour­ish.

That there is the need for a united front in the war on ter­ror­ism.

That the Is­lamic world and the US fight to­gether.

Em­bed­ded in that is a chal­lenge to the Is­lamic world to take the lead in the war.

As a coun­try that en­joys and val­ues good re­la­tions with coun­tries in the re­gion, Malaysia feels that Iran should avoid any ac­tion that could be in­ter­preted as in­ter­fer­ing in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of its neigh­bours.

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