ECSSR symposim: Experts praise UAE’s efforts to combat terrorism.

Experts at the 49th symposim organised by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, said that the UAE had early realised the dangers posed by terrorism and sought to confront it and support efforts to eliminate, in accordance with a comprehensive strategy, while highlighting the country's significant regional and international contributions.

The symposim held today, addressed the issue of terrorism in the region and mechanisms to confront it, especially after Deash heavy losses in Syria and Iraq, and its moving towards new areas to strengthen its influence.

Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the ECSSR, opened the seminar, which was attended by diplomats, military officials, scholars and journalists.

Dr. Al Suwaidi highlighted the importance of the seminar, in light of the increasing number of terrorist groups, mainly Daesh, and added that terrorism is "evil" and poses grave dangers, including death of innocent people, destruction of infrastructure, and the spread of violence across the world.

General (retired) Jehangir Karamat, former Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, highlighted the dangers of terrorism to regional stability and stressed that certain terrorist groups are capable of spread in other countries, such as Daesh, which has infiltrated many countries both inside and outside the Middle East and has growing numbers of recruits.

He added that terrorist groups always aim to take advantage of fragile economic and social conditions by recruiting new people. He explained that these groups focus on areas of conflict, due to the absence of effective central authorities.

For her part, Raana Rahim, former Pakistani Ambassador to Lebanon, spoke about the political reasons for the rise of terrorism in the region and addressed the concept of terrorism, its origins and motives.

She added that certain groups are classified as terrorist groups, such the Muslim Brotherhood which started as a charity association and became a political movement. Al Qaeda which was established as part of the Jihadist movement against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, also Daesh who represented a turning point in the history of terrorism because of the violence it committed.

The participants concluded that any successful strategy to eliminate terrorism must also eliminate its political, economic, cultural and social causes, as well as improve cybersecurity and protect its youth.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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