Politics & Economics

Arab leaders gather in Tunis to devise counter-terrorism strategy

Middle East

Governments across the Arab region are facing similar problems in relation to terrorism and so they are discussing the issue together.

High-level political and judicial Arab authorities from across the Middle East and North Africa region attended a conference in the Tunisian capital to discuss the matter of counter-terrorism, an issue that concerns most governments in the region.

Members of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, consisting of the Interior Ministers of various Arab states, shared their experiences and perspectives on the matter at the conference in Tunis, which was attended by the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Yousuf al-Shahid.

The threat still exists and terrorism has become more dangerous than ever. Therefore, international cooperation and meetings must be intensified. The meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior and Justice is very important to exchange experiences and expertise so that coordination is at the highest level. We must be ready, not just Tunisia, but all the countries in the region who face these threats”, remarked Yousuf al-Shahid.

Some of the primary issues that were explored during the conference include illegal migration, human trafficking, and crime, which were all tied to terrorism. Tunisia itself has been active in uprooting terrorism from Tunisian society through legal means. Just last month, a new anti-terrorism law was approved in the Tunisian Parliament which covered links between money laundering and support for terrorist activities. 

There are judicial, legal, and security agreements. All these institutions, in the sectors of justice and security in the Arab countries, must integrate roles and operate in a unified and equal manner”, said Ali Abu Diyak, the Palestinian Minister of Justice.

This conference represents a unified political front among Arab governments to tackle the issue of terrorism as they see it as a phenomenon that transcends borders and mutually influences the societies across the Middle East and North Africa.