ABU DHABI, 2nd May, 2018 (WAM) — Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, and also Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s, IPU, High-level Consultative Group to Counter Terrorism and Extremism, presided over the group’s second meeting at the IPU headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
The meeting was attended by Saber Chowdhury, Honorary President of the IPU, and Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the IPU.
In her speech during the meeting, Dr. Al Qubaisi said that the UAE is working within international partnerships aimed at combating extremism, and has taken several measures to combat its causes and uproot its sources, most notably the establishment of the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (Hedaya) and Sawab.
She added that spreading tolerance, moderation, openness, acceptance of the other and the values of human coexistence is one of the most important tools to combat extremism and terrorism. She reaffirmed that these are the moral principles of the Emirati people and their deep-rooted human values, which mirror the reality of our country and the march of its civilisational development established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, sustained by the wise leadership led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Meanwhile, the FNC Speaker and Chungong held a joint press conference during which they discussed the issues on the agenda, especially organising of a global parliamentary conference to discuss terrorism and violent extremism, under the joint patronage of the IPU and the UN, as well as the establishment of a global parliamentary information network to share experiences and knowledge on legislation, legal frameworks, national strategies and international resolutions relating to counter-terrorism and mechanisms for strengthening the national capacities of national parliaments in combating extremism.
Chungong hailed the role played by the UAE, which has an unwavering stance in the fight against terrorism based on the values of tolerance and coexistence.
The UAE is a role model in the good practices that we can share with other countries, he added.