Arab interior ministers vow further anti-terror cooperation at Tunisia meeting

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Apr 2017

Tunisia ministers of interior
Arab Ministers of Interior during a prelimibnary meeting ahead of their 34th conference in Tunisia on Wednesday 4 April (Photo: Facebook)

The ministers of interior from a number of Arab countries vowed to cooperate more in combating terrorism during the 34th Conference of Arab Interior Ministers held in Tunisia on Wednesday.

The two-day conference, which started on Wednesday, is also set to see a discussion with an Interpol delegation on ways of combating illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

Tunisia's interior minister Al-Hady Al-Magzoub gave the opening speech at the conference on behalf of the country's President Beji Caid Essebsi, stressing that combating terrorism and extremist ideas requires a comprehensive plan that targets all aspects of the phenomenon.

The minister also warned of the dangers of extremist militants returning from conflict zones to their home countries in the Arab region in the coming period.

Egypt's Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar informed the conference of Cairo's strategy in combating terrorism, calling for a comprehensive plan covering all aspects of countering terrorism and extremism in the region.

Abdel-Ghaffar also called for a unified strategy in dealing with international internet and communication companies to prevent terrorists and militant organisations from using social media platforms as a hub for communication, recruitment and propaganda.

He also affirmed that combating terrorism is a shared Arab and international responsibility, saying that Egypt appreciates the importance of Arab joint efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region. 

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