UN Office, Arab Interior Ministers Council sign counter-terrorism agreement

Riyadh The United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Arab Interior Ministers Council, a specialized agency of the Arab League, on working together to tackle terrorism � previewing the type of partnerships the UN hopes to forge in June at a gathering of counter-terrorism chiefs in New York.

We have much to learn from each other, UN Undersecretary General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said in Riyadh after the signing of the agreement between his office and the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers Council.

In the Memorandum, we declare our wish to coordinate our activities with a view to achieving our shared counter-terrorism goals. We commit each other to enhance consultations, coordination and the sharing of information and skills, he explained.

The two organizations will develop joint activities, such as seminars, workshops, training courses, projects and other initiatives, to build the capacity of the members of the Arab League in the fields of counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres attended the signing ceremony, held prior to the opening of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT).

Source: International Islamic News Agency