King announces $100 million donation to UN Counterterrorism Center

August 8, 2013

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja delivered a speech today on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.

“I congratulate you on the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, successful fasting of the month of Ramadan, and performance of its related post-evening prayers,” he said. “I herewith address you from the holy premises of this sacred land, the cradle of the mission of Islam and Muslims Kiblah (prayer and call direction) from which God’s brightness has shined to show all mankind the way of good and peace and to form the most important tributary to human civilization and innovation, such goodness which was carried by the leader of the human kind Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and whose sole objective is to come out with human beings from the thickness of darkness and ignorance to the illumination of rightness, equality and fairness as well as raising high the flag of tolerance, co-existence, wisdom and rationalization and calling for unity that takes humanity from the darkness of its ignorance and struggles to the light of its sole creator who guides to the correct path.”

Addressing the “Muslim and Arab brothers,” the King stated, “Of course every soul feels sad and painful about the painful situation and the unknown fate our Muslim and Arab nations are experiencing, a situation that embodies unbearable struggles and slogans carried by enemies and those who wait to see their historical chance to legalize the killing of innocents, terrorize the secure, violate the sanctities citing intellectual terrorism that justified this according to its factual principles and political greediness using all kinds of interpretation and fraud through interpreting the texts of the holy Sharia according to their wishes, demands and objectives.” Fortunately, he continued, “We believe that God is going to conquer those who used their grievance as a tool for terrorism and its corruption in an endeavor to demolish the high values of Islam.”

King Abdullah noted that people must work to counter those intent on violence and sedition. “Amid such great challenges which face our Islamic and Arab nation, in particular, and the world at large, in general, we are seriously required more than any time before to stand stiff before terror thought by activating the international center for combating terrorism through hiring anti-terror experts and specialists in this facility so that experiences and information could be exchanged at a speedy rate to either evade or cope with the incident in the beginning.”

The King noted that Saudi Arabia initiated the creation of the United Nations Counterterrorism Center during a conference in Riyadh in February 2005, donating $10 million to the undertaking. However, he insisted, more must be done to empower this important institution. “In this context, I announce the donation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of $100 million to support this Center and work for its activation under the umbrella of the United Nations, calling on all other nations to take part in support of this Center to get rid of the forces of grudges, extremism and criminality, as this is the inevitable duty for whoever sees that terrorism is a demolishing tool that aims at threatening world security and peace.”