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Deputy FM calls for broad strategy to combat terrorist groups
April 25, 2016, 3:58 pm

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah called on the international community on Monday to collaborate on implementing a broad strategy to combat the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups.

Al-Jarallah made the remarks during the opening session of the sixth meeting of the communication group of the international coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS), co-chaired by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United States and the United Kingdom.

This strategy requires educational institutions and media outlets to initiate an electronic portal that would extoll the virtues of moderation, while portraying Islam's genuine image, one that advocates peace and denounces hate, he said.

This meeting is a testament to the international community's determination to uphold security and rid the world of terrorism, Al-Jarallah noted. These terrorist groups have exploited the use of social media to propagate radical ideologies, the deputy foreign minister added.

Moreover, Al-Jarallah said that Kuwait has begun implementing a strategy to espouse moderation and stifle extremism. Kuwait remains "vehemently opposed" to all forms and manifestations of terrorism, he added. In his speech, US Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Affairs Richard Stengel said that it is imperative to curb the spread of IS's message, "through military or electronic means." "We are working on a portal to halt the spread of terrorist messages, and social network websites have been willing to cooperate with us," he noted.

Director of the UAE foreign ministry's Policy Planning Department Mohammed Abu Shehab said that his country has formed a number of centers designed to fight terrorism. He also underscored the need to look beyond the internet, as "IS is capable of employing other means to disseminate their ideologies." 

Source: KUNA

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