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Terrorism greatest threat to Arab world — Majali

By Petra - Mar 12,2014 - Last updated at Mar 12,2014

AMMAN — Terrorism is the most dangerous threat to Arab countries, as the current regional unrest provides a “fertile” environment for spreading extremism, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the 31st session of the Arab Interior Ministers Council meeting, which started in Morocco on Wednesday, Majali called for establishing genuine partnerships among Arab countries to combat extremism through educational and religious institutions.

He also stressed the need to draw up strategic plans to fight terrorism and take the necessary measures to combat it in cooperation with all regional countries.

On the sidelines of the session, which was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Majali met separately with his Egyptian, Palestinian and Saudi counterparts, and discussed the latest developments in the region and ways to boost cooperation.

During his meeting with Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, Majali underlined Jordan’s support for Egypt and the need to further improve bilateral cooperation, especially in the area of security and combating crime and extremism.

Majali said Jordan stands by Egypt in the face of the various challenges, stressing that the historic relations between the two countries will remain a solid basis that guarantees the rights of their peoples.

Ibrahim expressed his country’s appreciation of Jordan’s support.

Talks with his Palestinian counterpart Saeed Abu Ali covered the positive impact of better security and development in Palestine on Jordan.

Abu Ali commended Jordan’s support for the Palestinian cause and its efforts to make the voice of Palestine heard on the international arena.

Majali and Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef Bin Abdullah discussed bilateral ties and prospects for further cooperation.

The Saudi official commended Jordan’s efforts in hosting Syrian refugees despite the economic challenges it has to deal with.

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