UAE to host global centre on countering extremism

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    gulfnews : UAE to host global centre on countering extremism

    Abu Dhabi: A centre dedicated to addressing the drivers and root causes of violent extremism will be established in Abu Dhabi this October, a senior official said yesterday.

    The International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, a think-tank headquartered in the capital, is in line with the UAE's efforts to play a leading role in the fight against terrorism.

    Speaking after opening a two-day meeting of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Faris Al Mazroui, assistant foreign minister for security and defence affairs, said the centre will help the international community build capacity and share best practices and research to deal with violent extremism effectively.

    Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan had announced the UAE's willingness to host the centre at the launch of the forum in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in September.

    New challenges

    Co-chaired by the US and Turkey, the forum is intended to ensure the necessary international architecture is in place to address 21st century challenges.

    Al Mazroui said the idea of the Abu Dhabi centre was prompted by the fact that the international community has not yet come up with a system to dissuade individuals from falling prey to extremism and terrorism, nor has it determined good practices to restrict the influence of radicalisation.

    Al Mazroui stressed the need for concerted global cooperation in countering violent extremism to minimise recruitment of terrorists.

    "The UAE will remain committed to cooperate with the Global Counterterrorism Forum to lead the international effort to find innovative ways to address drivers of violent extremism," Al Mazroui said.

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