The UAE’s Comprehensive Strategy to Defeat Terrorism

  • 29 September 2014

In the speech delivered by UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the United Nations General Assembly, the UAE has offered a comprehensive strategy to defeat terrorism, which has become a complex problem and a threat to regional and global security, stability and coexistence. The world today has no option but to confront terrorism and forces that support it. There can be no compromise with those who resort to murder, sabotage and Takfir and the world cannot move forward without eliminating terrorists and extremists.

This is important not only for maintaining world peace but also for safeguarding the true essence of religion and preventing conflict between different faiths and civilizations. The UAE, in its strategy to tackle terrorism offered before the United Nations General Assembly, stressed the need for collective efforts to eliminate terrorism as it is a complex and prolonged challenge and no single country, irrespective of its potential, can address it. Moreover, no single country can remain insulated from its consequence as the forces of extremism indiscriminately target the whole world.

A comprehensive response to terrorism includes creating procedures that deal with security, cultural, social, religious and economic aspects to defeat this menace and dry up its financial and ideological resources. Instead of tackling terrorism in one region and not another, the war against it must encompass all regions. In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for not limiting the war on terrorism to Iraq and Syria but targeting terror groups wherever they are.

Supporting moderate forces must also be a part of this battle against terrorism. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for supporting moderate opposition in Syria, “as part of a strategy to confront extremism and terrorism”. This is in line with the UAE’s consistent approach, which is based on promoting moderation and openness in the face of fanaticism, extremism, and violence. There must be keenness to take proactive steps against terrorism through security, legislative or other means.

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan referred to that fact that the UAE has drafted comprehensive policies against violence and terrorism. This UAE’s strategy to fight against terrorism reflects a deep awareness of its danger and the fact that it represents the biggest challenge facing the world. It is time for a serious, concerted and courageous cooperation to defeat terrorism.