Enhancing Cooperation to Defeat Terrorism

  • 7 January 2015

The established principles that the UAE believes in and follows is the pursuit of sustainable development for mankind and building better relations with countries around the world. This is consistent with the rejection of all forms of terrorism, including those being pursued by deviant, misguided groups that misinterpret Islam in a way that totally contradicts its values, its humane message of tolerance and coexistence between nations and people. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed this during his meeting with Prime Minister of Australia H.E. Tony Abbott in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

This was true expression of the primnacy of these basic principles under the leadership of President Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) to build better relations with countries around the world based on mutual respect and interests. The UAE has enjoyed distinguished relations with Australia and the two sides also cooperate in fight against terrorism. This fight has become a mission for the two countries and they treat this is their ethical and humanitarian responsibility to cooperate with countries dedicated toward peace, security, stability, and development.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the UAE rejects all forms of terrorism including those that took place in Sydney, targeting innocent and unarmed Australians. Such acts of terror, His Highness said, wouldn’t distract them from tackling terrorism by all means possible. Instead they would “increase our determination to address them”. The focus of discussions between the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and H.E. Prime Minister of Australia was combatting terrorism at regional and international levels considering the fact that terrorists have been expanding their sphere to include civilian targets without any scruples of conscience. One such act was the targeting of a Saudi border checkpoint recently where the country’s border guards were killed and injured.

Since the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Australia, the US, and other European countries are part of an international coalition formed recently to fight the growing threat of ISIS, coordination and logistic and intelligence cooperation among these countries must expand to include other countries and organizations, especially those included by the UAE in November 15 in the list of terrorist organizations. There is no doubt that these organizations belong to the same category when it comes to politicizing religion, distorting it, and distorting the principles of justice, tolerance, and coexistence to serve their own agendas. The need of the hour is greater cooperation to end the scourge of terrorism. Those who believe they are immune from this threat should know that it is not restricted to any faith, region, or nationality.