The High-level International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism was concluded in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe Saturday, organized by the Republic of Tajikistan and the State of Qatar in cooperation with the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union, in the presence of HE Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov.

The delegation of the State of Qatar was headed by HE Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Combating Terrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution Dr Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani.

His Excellency said when addressing the conference that the fight against terrorism and extremism was and will remain a top priority for the State of Qatar. He reiterated Qatar's commitment to cooperate with all countries, international and regional organizations, and with various United Nations bodies related to combating terrorism and combating violent extremism. He added that the financial, technical and logistical contributions made by the State of Qatar in this regard are an affirmation of its conviction of combating terrorism, combating its financing and preventing violent extremism in all its forms.

His Excellency reminded the participants that member states of the United Nations adopted in September 2006 a global counter-terrorism strategy as a unique global instrument for strengthening national, regional and international efforts to combat terrorism. His Excellency added this was the first time that all Member States agreed on a unified strategic approach to combating terrorism as a solid and comprehensive basis for the implementation of an integrated approach based on the maintenance of international peace and security.

His Excellency noted that since the adoption of the United Nations strategy, the State of Qatar has been keen to fully implement this strategy because of the important measures it has taken in accordance with its four pillars. The first and foremost focused on the need to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, including but not limited to conflicts, wars and the absence of sovereignty, Human rights violations, discrimination based on ethnicity, national and religious affiliation, political exclusion, social and economic marginalization, lack of good governance and unemployment, and its fourth pillar on measures to ensure respect for human rights For all and the rule of law and respect for States of their obligations under international law in the fight against terrorism as a fundamental pillar in the fight against terrorism.

HE the Envoy reminded the participants that the State of Qatar is under an unjust blockade that violated all values, international law, and international and humanitarian norms and obligations. HE the Envoy highlighted however that the blockade couldn't prevent the State of Qatar from playing its active role in maintaining regional and international peace and security and combating terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.

He stressed that terrorism and extremism are one of the most serious challenges facing the international community today, requiring cooperation of all regional and international efforts to address this phenomenon and terrorist organizations and their extremist ideologies. He called for the necessity of unifying the concept of terrorism internationally so as not to be politicized and exploited by some governments to achieve political gains and legitimize their behavior towards Its peoples and other countries.

He pointed out that the State of Qatar, through its active role in the fight against terrorism and extremism, has been able to create a million jobs for Arab youth at least 16 Arab countries through its institutions. Qatar also helped enable them economically to escape from the clutches of extremism and terrorism. He noted that the State of Qatar aims to create more than two million job opportunities for these young people by 2020. Other relevant State institutions have also been able to enroll 10 million children around the world in primary education in cooperation with relevant international, regional and national institutions in the belief that unemployment and illiteracy are one of the main reasons driving terrorism and violent extremism.

He pointed out that Qatar is one of the founding members, the main actors and supporters of GCERF. It is also the only Gulf and Arab state to contribute to this fund, along with Switzerland, the United States, the European Union, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Netherlands and France.

He added that the fund is the first global initiative to support the resilience of societies against violent extremist agendas, working by linking security and development, and is committed to supporting national strategies to address the local factors of violent extremism. The fund is currently active in Mali, Kenya, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Kosovo and Myanmar and other States are being included as beneficiaries of the Fund and its programs.

He also noted that The State of Qatar is an active member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), a 29-nation forum in addition to the European Union, which was established in 2011 to reduce the impact of terrorism and violent extremism on people around the world by preventing, combating and prosecuting terrorists.

The Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Combating Terrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution said that the State of Qatar is an active member of the International Coalition Against ISIS, and contributed significantly to the war on this organization in both Syria and Iraq with its partners and strategic allies, led by the United States of America.

He pointed out that the State of Qatar has made great efforts in the peaceful settlement of disputes through preventive diplomacy, and mediation as part of its goals and obligations in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the rules of international legitimacy which call for constructive cooperation among States, mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs, and promotion peaceful coexistence and dialogue among all religions and civilizations.

He stressed that the international high-level conference on combating terrorism and combating violent extremism comes at a critical time for the Middle-East and the world when they must unite to strengthen international efforts to condemn all forms of terrorism and extremism and reject the double standards of this phenomenon and to judge them by their perpetrators or to associate them with religion or ethnicity. He noted that all extremist religious doctrines are an undeniable challenge for the entire world as they exist in every culture, not a religion or community, but the accusation of extremist ideologies as the cause of terrorism and violent extremism is simplification.

His Excellency stressed that terrorism and its financing must not be a part of political maneuvers or up for political exploitation of the technical institutions concerned with combating terrorism, money laundering, terrorism financing, violent extremism or media propaganda by some countries to undermine other countries. HE the Envoy stressed that the time has come to put political differences aside and work to resolve differences by peaceful means in order to advance stability and security of the people.

His Excellency thanked the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for hosting the high-level international conference on combating terrorism and violent extremism in partnership with the State of Qatar and other partners, reflecting the common interest of both countries in fighting terrorism and violent extremism and the strong relations between the two countries.

The Conference adopted the Dushanbe Declaration, which has Qatar's support, for the convening and organization of this international conference. The Declaration will be formally issued as a United Nations document.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs