ʻMalaysia at fore­front of global anti-ter­ror driveʼ

Malaysia re­ceives recog­ni­tion at sum­mit, says Na­jib

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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.

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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.

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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).

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