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STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DATO’ SRI ANIFAH AMAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA AT THE MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE GLOBAL COALITION AGAINST DA’ESH KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT TUESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2018

 

STATEMENT BY

THE HONOURABLE DATO’ SRI ANIFAH AMAN

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA

 

AT THE MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE GLOBAL COALITION AGAINST DA’ESH

 

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT

TUESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

His Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

Allow me to begin by expressing my most profound appreciation to Your Excellency and the Government of the State of Kuwait – for convening this important meeting, and for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to me and my delegation since our arrival in Kuwait City.

 

2.       Malaysia commends the Global Coalition’s ambition and determination in addressing the issues of global terrorism and violent extremism, particularly in our day and age where the challenges posed by terrorists had evolved tremendously and differs from those in the past. I believe, the tremendous efforts that the Global Coalition has steadily contributed, is a clear reflection that this Coalition remains relevant and prominent in spearheading these initiatives.

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

3.       We must stand together in condemning the heinous and abhorrent acts of violence and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations. Therefore it is prevalent for us to take the concerted efforts to obliterate their threats, and to counter their deviated and delusional narratives.

 

4.       Malaysia holds the values of moderation or wasatiyyah. It is one of the fundamentally crucial approaches in the deradicalisation efforts and countering Da’esh’s distorted narratives.


Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

5.       After its defeat in the newly-liberated areas of Iraq and Syria, Da’esh now had moved their focus and had initiated as well as plotted several terrorist attacks, perhaps with new methods and may have shifted their focus to other parts of the world, including South East Asia. The loss of territory would certainly make digital and virtual communications more important for them in order to spread their false ideology and distorted narratives globally.

 

6.       Malaysia undertakes a proactive stance by implementing preventive measures, premised on the country’s comprehensive legal framework and international law, as well as the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Such a legal framework, followed by strong enforcements through their soft and hard approaches, has shown tangible results. These efforts have undermined the various terrorist attempts against the security of the country and the safety of the people. At the same time, the record shows that Malaysia’s integrated deradicalisation programme has achieved a tremendously high success rate with majority of the terrorists and extremists are now fully rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

 

 

7.            In this regard, Malaysia is ready to further enhance cooperation with like-minded countries in counter terrorism efforts including developing counter-narratives and other programmes as part of our initiatives to combat terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation.

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

8.       Let me conclude by reiterating Malaysia’s resolute support to further strengthen this Global Coalition and welcome the Guiding Principles for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS/Da’esh as we look forward to more cooperation with other countries in countering this scourge.

 

Thank you.

 

 


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