$100m Saudi funds to bolster anti-terror push

National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah inspects the guard’s forces deployed in the northern region of the Kingdom on Wednesday. Prince Miteb said Saudi armed forces are capable of defending the Kingdom and warned foreign terrorist groups against approaching the Saudi border. (SPA)

National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah inspects the guard’s forces deployed in the northern region of the Kingdom on Wednesday. Prince Miteb said Saudi armed forces are capable of defending the Kingdom and warned foreign terrorist groups against approaching the Saudi border. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia has given $100 million for the International Counterterrorism Center at the UN.

Adel Jubeir, the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US, and Abdullah Al-Moallami, its permanent representative to the UN, handed over the amount to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking at the event, Jubeir said Saudi Arabia has been supporting countries in the Gulf region and outside to combat terrorism.

“The divine religion of Islam has nothing to do with the activities of terrorists. The Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars in the Kingdom has rejected the takfiri ideology,” the ambassador said.

He said the donation was given on the desire of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to strengthen efforts to combat terror.

Al-Moallami reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for combined efforts to fight terror under the auspices of the United Nations.

A Saudi specialized court in Riyadh, meanwhile, sentenced a militant to eight years in jail and 10-year travel ban, for issuing religious edicts against Saudi rulers, exploiting Friday sermons to incite sectarianism and trying to create division in the country.

The defendant can appeal against the verdict.

 
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