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Riyadh to Host Counter-Terrorism Forum on May 21 | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh – The Saudi capital Riyadh will host next week the inaugural counter-terrorism forum, sponsored by the Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.

Organized by the King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies, the forum will be held on May 21 under the theme “The Nature of Extremism and the Future of Terrorism.”

Secretary General of the Center Dr. Saud al-Sarhan revealed that the forum will bring together international experts to discuss pressing issues on the global agenda, such as the nature of fundamentalism, its forms and influence.

They will also discuss predictions of the future of terror and the role of social media in affecting it, he added.

Saudi Arabia has taken the initiative and played a leading role in the war on terrorism, he continued.

The forum will serve to bolster the kingdom’s pioneering role on the regional and international levels, he stressed.

Saud remarked that terrorism has had destructive effects on several Islamic countries, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen over the past decade and several Islamic nations have found themselves fighting terrorism alone.

The Riyadh forum seeks to overcome the state of fragmentation and launch open, constructive and honest dialogue on the causes and roots of the current situation, he revealed.

The forum’s agenda includes four discussion sessions that will debate ways countries can work together to find solutions to dealing with terrorism, which poses one of the greatest pressing challenges not just to the Islamic countries, but the whole world.

The topics cover the future vision of terrorism, extremism on the internet and social media, terrorism’s ties to crimes and corruption and mechanisms to combat fundamentalism and terrorism in the Middle East.

Established in 1983, the King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies is considered a platform that brings together researchers and institutions to preserve scientific work and enrich cultural and intellectual life in Saudi Arabia. It acts as a bridge between East and West and offers in-depth analyses of modern issues, Saudi Arabian, North African, Iranian and Asian studies among others. It cooperates with prestigious scientific research institutions from all over the world and enjoys a broad network of ties with specialists in Saudi Arabia and the globe.