Diplomatic Institute organises forum on combating violent extremism

 05 Dec 2017 - 9:31

The Peninsula

The Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Institute yesterday organised a forum on combating violent extremism on the sidelines of the seventh meeting for the board of Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), which will be hosted in Doha today for the first time in the Middle East. 

The forum was attended by the secretarial of the fund, and entities related to fighting violent extremism, administrations, concerned offices from different ministries such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, academic and research institutions and a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations. 

Special Envoy of Qatar’s Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution, Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani, revealed the role of the State of Qatar and the great efforts it is making regionally and internationally in mediating and preventing conflicts.  He also revealed that Qatar is enabling youth, providing education opportunities and is eradicating unemployment.

Al Qahtani referred to the role of Qatari institutions and its initiatives such as “Al Fakhoora program”, “Educate A Child” and “Education Above All” which spread education and provide job opportunities in areas of conflict.

“The State contributes to providing education opportunities to more than seven million children in more than 47 countries, through its contributions to the fund and in all institutions active in the system against violent extremism,” he added. 

Al Qahtani said social and economic marginalization, lack of good governance, conflict outbreak and resolving it with non-peaceful methods are of the main factors leading to violent extremism. He added that the State of Qatar focuses its foreign policies on preventive diplomacy and the prevention of conflict and its outbreak, in addition it plays a main and leading role in mediation to resolve conflicts. 

The forum aimed to coordinate and unify the efforts of fighting violent extremism and to benefit from global experiences in the field. It also aimed to introduce the efforts of the State of Qatar in the field of blocking extremism and assisting local societies on resilience and the State’s financial contributions in supporting GCERF. 

Through three discussion panels, the forum addressed fighting violent extremism, introducing the efforts of the civil society organizations in the State of Qatar and the importance of creating job opportunities to prevent the spread of violent extremism between the youth. 

Chairman of Qatar’s National Counter Terrorism Committee at the Ministry of Interior, Major General Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ansari, said the absence of violent extremism in the State of Qatar is the result of several factors, mainly the social and political and economic stability, and good communication between all groups of society, the high level of education, and the great role played by civil society institutions and the media in the prevention of this scourge.

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