UAE participates in meeting on Mali and the Sahel in New York

Thu 27-09-2018 18:29 PM

NEW YORK, 27th September, 2018 (WAM) — The UAE yesterday took part in a high-level meeting on Mali and the Sahel on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In a statement Major General Pilot Abdullah Al Hashemi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Support Services praised the initiatives taken by the UN and regional and international partners to support the Sahel, including the formation of a joint force and the adoption of Resolution 2391 by the UN Security Council.

Al Hashemi expressed the UAE’s belief in the need of combating extremism and terrorism wherever it is, while stressing the importance of tackling the international cross-border challenges and the need to develop an international response that takes into account the specific positions of each country or region.

“It is necessary to develop an overall and integrated approach to combat extremism and terrorism,” he said adding that military solution alone is not enough to address this phenomenon in the long term. He stressed the need to develop strategies and programmes to address the root causes of radicalism and extremism, and also to promote the rule of law and the provision of economic and development opportunities.

He underlined the UAE’s commitment to work and cooperate with the international community to intensify efforts to counter extremism and terrorism and to promote regional and international security and stability.

The UAE has provided more than US$ 200 million in humanitarian and development assistance to five Sahel countries over the past four years.

WAM/Hazem Hussein/MOHD AAMIR

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