UAE participates in 11th ministerial meeting of GCTF
ABU DHABI, 7th October, 2021 – The UAE has participated in the ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) co-chaired by Morocco and Canada through a delegation led by Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State.
In his speech, Al Marar highlighted the importance of the meeting, which was held remotely, to monitor counter-extremism and terrorism efforts and support related international action.
He also commended the forum’s achievements and the efforts of its active member states over the past decade.
“The UAE is optimistically looking forward to the forum’s upcoming decade, which will undoubtedly help eliminate terrorism by supporting relevant global efforts, including the exchange of best practices and expertise and forging partnerships and alliances to achieve our mutual objectives,” Al Marar said.
Terrorism is a composite phenomenon and, therefore, the international community must adopt a strategy to address all phases of extremism and terrorism, he added, noting that terrorist groups are constantly updating their methods to promote their ideologies, finance their activities and recruit members.
He then highlighted the importance of establishing a comprehensive legal framework for updating anti-terrorism laws that criminalise terrorist financing and adopting joint measures and procedures aimed at revealing the identity of individuals and organisations that support and finance terrorism.
“Addressing terrorism bypasses the military dimension and requires significant efforts,” Al Marar noted, explaining the UAE’s approach to countering the use of information and communication technologies by terrorists and promoting a culture of tolerance and pluralism to prevent extremism and terrorism.
He also highlighted the UAE’s efforts to establish relevant specialised organisations, such as the Muslim Council of Elders, which operates through independent religious scholars who aim to unite communities and end divisions.
He then noted the signing of the Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel, which aim to promote peace, reinforce tolerance and coexistence, and achieve the region’s stability and prosperity.