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Prince Saud gives briefing on progress of terrorism conference

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, in a press briefing on the progress of the four-day Counter-Terrorism International Conference that is currently taking place in Riyadh, reported strong support from participating delegations for the proposal put forward yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for the establishment of an international center for combating terrorism. There was also strong support for the role of the United Nations to be enhanced in this respect.

The delegations called for crystallization of efforts to set out an international strategy to combat terrorism, through mechanisms for exchange of information, experience, expertise and technology. The deliberations of the participants have also stressed the importance of intensifying international efforts to confront all aspects of this phenomenon and eradicate terrorism completely.

As for a definition of terrorism, Prince Saud said the conference had so far avoided this controversial issue, noting that the participants, rather than waste time arguing, prefer to work on forging specific suggestions.

On relationships between terrorism and school curricula, as experienced by Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud commented that the Kingdom has for a long time now sought to amend and improve the materials used in its educational system, and any incitement to extremism has been removed.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has been receiving participants in the conference such as Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu; Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Mousa; Homeland Security Advisor to the U.S. President Frances Townsend; and Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Sadiq Safoyev.