A Kuwaiti official affirmed Monday that his country has launched efforts at national and international levels to combat terrorism and violent extremism and dry up their sources.
Assistant Foreign Minister for Development and International Cooperation Ambassador Nasser al-Subeeh delivered a speech on behalf of Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah during the opening of the workshop, entitled “The concept of extremism and its impact on society.”
The workshop was organized under Jarallah’s auspices and in cooperation with the United Kingdom.
In his speech, Jarallah said Kuwait has issued and is still working on issuing several legislations, laws, decisions, and regulations in this regard.
“Kuwait is keen to continue working and impose all precautionary and preventive measures to achieve the desired goal of distancing extremism from religion, environment, or race and proving that it is negative variables and behaviors that violence groups seek to spread to attain political purposes.”
He stressed the need to “develop comprehensive and integrated international, regional and national plans to combat violent extremism while achieving a balance between resisting extremism and countering terrorism.”
In order to face this phenomenon, Jarallah noted that the culture of tolerance, moderation, respect for human rights and positive dialogues and acceptance of the other needs to be spread and to be reflected in societies and protect children and youth from these rapid negative changes.
“This project represents a firm affirmation of Kuwait’s continued bolster of international efforts to urge the international community and work on adopting a comprehensive approach to tackle this phenomenon,” he added.
The workshop’s title was chosen in light of the internationally delicate circumstances and as a step towards understanding and addressing this phenomenon to maintain the pillars of international peace and security.
He noted that Kuwait and the UK decided to hold a workshop to exchange experiences and expertise on the scientific concept of extremism and the best means to deal with this phenomenon.