PETALING JAYA: Talks are under way to establish a centre on countering terrorism narratives based on cooperation between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
The Defence Minister, who is on a working visit to Saudi Arabia, said he along with his Saudi counterpart Deputy Crown Prince Mohamad Salman Al Saud spoke on establishing such a centre.
“The centre will further foster cooperation between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia on countering the narratives and ideologies that underpins terrorism and radicalism in Islam.
“We also highlighted the need to promote Islam as a religion of peace and moderation,” Hishammuddin said in a statement on Monday.
Both parties also agreed on the need to rectify the many misconceptions about Islam and its fundamentals, he added.
“We stressed that there is a need to promote Islam in a holistic manner beyond the mere political dimensions which had led the Muslims to be divided especially on what constitutes to be the Islamic State,” he said.
Hishammuddin also paid a courtesy call on King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
“I conveyed Malaysia’s condolences on the passing of Prince Turki Abdulaziz Al Saud recently.
“Prince Turki was a son of the kingdom’s founder King Abdul Aziz Saud,” he said.
Malaysian Army chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor also had a separate meeting on the sidelines of the working visit with Chief of General Staff for the Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia General Abdulrahman Saleh Al-Bunyan.
“He (Raja Mohamed Affandi) highlighted the values in Malaysia’s cooperation with the Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia and both parties agreed to enhance military-to-military relations between both Armed Forces.
“General Abdulrahman also conveyed his intentions to visit Malaysia on a working visit soon,” said Hishammuddin.
Among others who were part of Hishammuddin’s delegations were Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, Malaysian Ambassador Datuk Zainol Rahim Zainuddin and senior leaders from the Defence Ministry.