Saudi FM Jubeir: Riyadh Summit is integral to combating terrorism - Pakistan News Digest

Saudi FM Jubeir: Riyadh Summit is integral to combating terrorism

Riyadh (IINA) - On the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American summit held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's top diplomat Adel al-Jubeir stressed that the summit presents a key component in reining in the threat of terrorism.

Speaking at a joint press conference with United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Jubeir said that Riyadh declaration confirmed the importance of countering terrorism and necessity of US-Islamic partnership.

Jubeir said the conference is the first step in the joint efforts to combat evil and that inaugurating the Riyadh-based Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (GCCEI), and the May 20-21 agreements are the first step towards securing stability and prosperity for future generations.

This is not a clash of civilizations, it is a clash for civilization, Jubeir said. Shedding innocent blood is an act of terrorism, he added.

Jubeir said that the Kingdom values efforts spent by US President Donald Trump and is looking forward to further cooperation encompassing various fields.

He stressed that the speech by President Donald Trump before the Arab Islamic American Summit included key indicators of US policy towards the Middle East, cooperation between the US and the Arab and Muslim world to confront extremism and terrorism, and the building of a better future for the peoples of the region and of the Islamic world.

For his part, Tillerson said that the war waged on terrorism does not single out a religion or a specific sect but will guard against violence inspired by extremism.

Responding to questions on Iranian expansionism, the top US diplomat said that his country will be dealing with Iran in countries it decided to be militarily present.

Traveling to this special place (Saudi Arabia) is useful to us understanding everyone better here, and we hope � we hope people in the Muslim community will make a similar effort to understand the American people's interest and concerns that they may have. Tillerson told reporters.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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