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Shura Council endorses GCC counter-terrorism agreement

The Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), at its regular meeting yesterday endorsed the counter-terrorism agreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which Secretary-General Dr Saleh Al-Malik described as “an essential tool to control and fight terrorism and dry up its sources as well as to protect Gulf societies". The Shura Council, he said, warned against attempts to brainwash young recruits, and called for efforts to deal not only with terrorist funding, but terrorist ideologies.

The counter-terrorism agreement was drafted by the interior ministers of the six GCC member states (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates), and defines terrorism as "any crime or terrorist operation in any country or against its properties or interests or its people and their property". The agreement also condemns those who instigate or promote such crimes and those who use any sort of media for the purpose of promoting them.