RIYADH 21 May, 2017: In a major event related to US President Donald Trump’s visit to the capital, international experts exchanged opinions and ideas at the Riyadh Forum on Countering Extremism and Fighting Terrorism, which was held at the Riyadh InterContinental Hotel on Sunday. Sponsored by the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) and organized by the King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies, the theme of the forum was: “The Nature of Extremism and the Future of Terrorism.”
Leading these personalities were: King Faisal Research and Studies Center Board of Directors’ Chairman Prince Turki Al Faisal; Director of Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Kennedy College for Government Sciences in Harvard University; Former American Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter; Chairman of the Italian Society for International Organization, Former Italian Foreign Minister, Former Italian Vice-President, and European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Affairs Franco Frattini with the participation of more than one hundred hosted experts, academicians, media men from inside and outside the Kingdom. The concluding speech of the forum was delivered by the Islamic studies professor in the University of Lebanon Dr. Rudwan Al Sayed, while King Faisal’s Center Secretary General, Dr. Saud Al Sarhan, reviewed the outcome and recommendations.
The secretary-general of the Center Saud Al-Sarhan said the forum discussed the nature, forms and influence of fundamentalism, the future of terrorism and the role of social media. Saudi Arabia has taken the initiative and played a lead role in the war on terrorism, he said, adding that the forum will bolster the Kingdom’s pioneering role regionally and internationally. Terrorism has had destructive effects on several countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen over the past decade, and several Islamic nations have found themselves fighting terrorism alone, Al-Sarhan said. The forum’s agenda included four sessions that debated ways countries can work together against terrorism. IMCTC was launched in December 2015 by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The IMCTC is a 41-nation partnership of prepared partner countries unified in the battle against terror. IMCTC will give a platform for countries to suggest, argument, and promote cooperation among members and supporting nations for the implementation of efforts in four domains — ideology, communications, counter terrorism (CT) financing and military. The IMCTC will develop, collect, shop and disseminate a wide range of information on CT programs and best techniques embarked on by member nations and international organizations.