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Kuwait calls for int’l comprehensive, realistic strategy against IS, terror
February 3, 2016, 8:33 am

The State of Kuwait called on Tuesday for an international comprehensive yet realistic strategy, which took into considerations multi-faceted dimensions of the region, to eliminate so-called Islamic State (IS) and terrorism.

Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Shiekh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah, addressing a meeting of the international coalition fighting IS, said he regretted the fact the meeting was taking place as 'the spate of terrorism is on the rise' in the region.

He said UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2253 stated the responsibility of every country to prevent and eliminate all forms of terrorism, which posed a genuine threat to the international peace and security.

"The escalation of terrorism and its impacts in the region reaffirms the importance of having a comprehensive strategy to eliminate it," said Sheikh Khaled.

This strategy, he added, should take into consideration the political, economic, social, religious and media realities of the region.

The strategy, the Kuwaiti minister went on, should not be excluded to the military and security aspects because of the proliferation of social media. Therefore, he said, it was important to involve youths in decision-making process to benefit from their positive energies.

Sheikh Khaled said Kuwait has amended some legislations to tighten grip on terrorist groups, drying up terrorism financing, stopping foreign fighters from traveling to conflict zones, and confronting cyber attacks.

Sheikh Khaled said it was crucially important not to link terrorism and extremism with a faith, sect or ethnicity.

The coalition meeting, which concluded yesterday, was attended by Italy, the US, Kuwait, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, EU, and UN.

The gathering took place as talks have begun in Geneva to try to end the five-year Syrian civil war, which has killed at least 250,000 people, driven more than 12 million from their homes.

Kuwait will also participate in the 4th international donors' conference for Syria, due in London Thursday.

Source: KUNA

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