ʻMalaysia at forefront of global anti-terror driveʼ
Malaysia receives recognition at summit, says Najib
DATUK Seri Najib Razak ended his third working visit abroad in just over three weeks, feeling no less than ecstatic.
The trip to this Saudi Arabian capital had put Malaysia on the forefront of the global fight against violent extremism and global terrorism, the prime minister said.
The trip reenergised Najib amid renewed zest in the Muslim world following a historic summit with United States President Donald Trump, who himself made his first visit to a foreign soil since his election to the Oval Office early this year.
“This visit has elevated Malaysia to the forefront of the global efforts to fight violent extremism and terrrorism,” Najib said, sharing about his three-day working visit for the Arab Islamic American Summit with the Malaysian media here yesterday.
This, he said, was reflected in the selection of Malaysia as among five out of more than 50 countries, to address the summit. The other four were Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia and Kuwait.
“We are touched. This is a special recognition from King Salman (Abdulaziz Al Saud) and the Saudi government.
“Malaysia was also chosen by the Saudi government to join nine other countries in the development and operation of the Global Centre For Combating Extreme Ideology here.
Late last month, Najib was in Manila for the 30th edition of the Asean Summit.
Not long after, he spent about a week in China, witnessing the signing of business deals between Malaysian and local firms, and attending the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation”.
The trip also took him to a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Here, Najib took the stage to speak about Malaysia’s efforts and commitment in the war against terror.
“What we achieved at the summit was the overall effort to shape a new strategic partnership between the Muslim world and the US to fight elements of extremism and terrorism.
“The summit showed the commitment of the participating nations to do what is necessary to eradicate this menace.”
On the mood of Muslim leaders at the summit amid Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, Najib said the Saudi government and others had extensive knowledge about politics in the US.
The political campaign and rhetoric can change once a candidate became president, as he knew anything he did would have big implications on the US and the rest of the world.
“Based on this, King Salman has convinced the US that its enemy is not Muslim countries but terrorists, and the biggest victims are the Muslims.
On his advice to Iran to avoid any action deemed as interfering with the internal affairs of its neighbours, he said Malaysia adhered to the “Principle of Realism”.
Based on this, any country must not meddle in the affairs of another country.
Besides the summit, the Riyadh sojourn also saw Najib hold bilateral talks with his counterparts from Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and Fayez al-Sarraj from Libya. He also attended the inauguration of the Saudi-mooted Global Centre for Combating Extreme Ideology.
Najib signed off his visit with an audience, followed by a sumptuous lunch, with King Salman.
Page 1 pic: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, United States President Donald Trump and other leaders react to a wall of computer screens coming online as they tour the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh on Sunday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, United States President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud and other leaders pose for a photo at the new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh on Sunday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, during an audience with Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh yesterday. With them is Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (right).