Saudi Arabia Gives $100 Million to Fight Terrorism

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Last week, Saudi Arabia wrote a $100 million check to the United Nations for its Counterterrorism Center, which helps countries combat terrorism.

The donation was honored at a ceremony in U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office where Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, presented the check along with the Saudi U.N. ambassador.

The U.S. ambassador stressed the importance of working together to fight this global threat.

“We believe that the United Nations can play a very strong and very effective role in mobilizing the efforts of the world to counter this evil,” al-Jubeir said.

“Terrorism knows no religion. It knows no ethnicity. It has no nationality. It has no humanity. It has no compassion. It has no justice,” he said. “It is in violation of every religion in the world, and it is a scourge that must be eliminated through very strong and very robust international measures.”

This is the second installment from the Saudis to help the efforts of the U.N. center, which King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called for almost 10 years ago. Three years ago, the country helped establish the agency with an initial gift of $10 million. Now, the new funds will allow the U.N. group to have better tools, technologies, and methods to deal with the threat of terrorism.

On July 1, Saudi Arabia also gave $500 million to U.N. humanitarian relief to help hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq who are caught in the Islamic State group’s offensive.


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