RIYADH – Malaysia has joined more than 50 Muslim countries in the Riyadh Summit in sending signals to the world that they are united in eradicating terrorism.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the world needed to be reminded that the Muslim leaders attending the meeting completely condemned terrorism and violent extremism.
“The world should have no doubt that we stand collectively with the international community in the fight to eradicate this menace,” he told yesterday’s gathering which included United States President Donald Trump at the Arab-Islamic-US Summit at the King Abdulaziz International Convention Centre here.
In thanking Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud for his initiative in hosting the summit, Najib said the gathering had sent signals to the world community on the united effort by Muslim countries in combating terrorism.
However, he cautioned that the current instability in the Middle East region had raised much concern.
“Unstable regions are fertile grounds for terrorism to flourish,” he said.
Training his sights on Iran, Najib said he was aware there was widespread belief that Iran had contributed somewhat to the instability in the region.
As Malaysia enjoyed and valued good relations with countries in the region, he said, Malaysia felt that Iran should avoid any action that could be interpreted as interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours.
“This is not only for the sake of regional stability but also for the unity of the ummah,” he added.
He said the fight against terrorism was not just military but also about winning hearts and minds.
Earlier, Najib, who is on a three-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, received a courtesy call from his Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Serraj here. – BERNAMA