Saif attends Paris conference on combatting terror financing

Deputy Prime Minister meets French President Macron at event on how to combat terror financing

Paris: Lt. General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, on Thursday attended in Paris the second and closing day of the Paris International Conference to Combat Terrorist Financing.

During the conference, French President Emmanuel Macron, who met Shaikh Saif on the sidelines of the event, delivered the keynote speech and the Paris Declaration was issued and included the recommendations of the participants.

Shaikh Saif took part in a panel session moderated by French Minister of Interior Gerard Collomb, and spoke about the UAE’s counterterrorism efforts and its role in enhancing coordination and cooperation in this regard.

He extended thanks to France and to the French President for hosting this important event and stressed that the bonds that bring the world peoples together are multiple and based on common humanitarian basis and strong cultural pillars, such as cooperation, dispute settlement through dialogue and peaceful ways, and boosting international security and stability.

“The UAE is fully aware of the role played by France in promoting international security and peace and combating extremism and terrorism, which is a complex challenge besetting the global scene,” he said, adding that financing terrorist organisations is deemed the essential artery enabling terror groups to achieve their evil ideologies.

He affirmed the UAE’s commitment to continue to combat extremism and terrorism in line with the strategy long established by late founding leader Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which is based on boosting co-operation with various world countries and promoting the true values and teachings of Islam, primarily tolerance and moderation.

Shaikh Saif added that the UAE has developed its legislation to combat and uproot terrorism, noting that the country has harnessed its national resources and efforts to dry up its sources of funding.

Dr. Anwar Bin Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and the UAE delegation led by Shaikh Saif, attended Thursday’s sessions.

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