UAE calls for increased international efforts to combat terrorism

The United Arab Emirates has called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all terrorist groups, especially ISIS and its affiliates.

This came during the Security Council meeting held on Tuesday on the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

In this regard, Ambassador Mohamed Abushhab, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and Acting Charge d’Affaires, said: “Despite the gains made in eliminating ISIS leaders, the cross-border threat posed by the group and its affiliates to international peace and security continues to grow, underscoring the need to continue the important role of the global coalition against ISIS and to maintain pressure on and ensure the defeat of terrorist organizations”.

In a statement, the UAE stressed the need to prevent extremism and combat terrorism, including harnessing the power of emerging technology to achieve this goal.

Technology has the potential to significantly improve people’s quality of life. However, it is a double-edged sword. Rapid technological development and its extensive commercial availability challenge the efforts of Member States to prevent its misuse by terrorist groups.

He stressed the need for the Security Council to pay greater attention to deterring terrorist groups, including ISIS, Al-Shabaab and Houthi militias, from using technology in their operations, especially drones.

Referring to the issue of terrorist groups distorting Islam and using it as a cover to justify acts of violence and spread their hatred, he said: “We must not allow ISIS or any other group to exploit the religion of tolerance to give credibility to their claims, for terrorism has nothing to do with Islam”.

The United Arab Emirates called on the Security Council to use all available means and means to address the gaps and emerging challenges facing global counter-terrorism efforts.

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