2nd World Congress for Counterterrorism held in Madinah

April 23, 2014

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Anqari inaugurated the 2nd World Congress for Counterterrorism yesterday evening. The two-day event, held under the theme “Intellectual Reviews and Practical Solutions,” was sponsored by the Islamic University in Madinah.

Addressing the Congress, the Rector of the Islamic University, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, declared that King Abdullah has been at the forefront in the fight against terrorism. He noted that Saudi Arabia has invested in numerous initiatives to counter extremism, on both the security and intellectual levels. Dr. Al-Sanad lauded the Prince Mohammad bin Nayef Program for Counseling and Rehabilitation, which has had a ninety percent success rate in rehabilitating former extremists.

Then, a speech recorded by the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh, was broadcast. “The Congress has an effective role and good effects on clarifying the truth of terrorism and warning people of its evils,” the Grand Mufti said. “The Kingdom has been one of the first countries [to commit to] the fight against terrorism and combating it, and sought to warn the international community of terrorism and its danger.” He added, “The Kingdom has fought terrorism through security combating and surrounding its cells, and in the preventive aspect through counseling, care, and amnesty for those who retreated from their deviated thoughts, announced their repentance, and abandoned this bad principle.”

At the conclusion of the Congress, the participants called for the establishment of a counterterrorism research center to be named after King Abdullah. They also recommended the creation of primary care centers for intellectual treatment and preventative programs to counter extremism and deviant thoughts.

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