Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Arab leaders to combat terrorism

Leaders from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to combat terrorism:

Leaders of Arab countries in the Persian Gulf agreed Monday to form a pact to combat terrorism and praised Washington for planning to transfer power to Iraqis by mid-2004.

Officials from the six Gulf Cooperation Council states — Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates — ended a two-day summit with the agreement.

Council Secretary-General Abdulrahman Attiyah said the pact would be a "big achievement that will benefit the Gulf and the whole world."

Officials did not provide details or say when the pact would be finished. Details will probably be made public in Kuwait when it is deliberated by lawmakers.

But the council said members of the political and economic alliance "support every international measure to fight terrorism and cut the sources of its finances." The United States accuses many Arab charitable organizations of feeding terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda.

The summit opened Sunday with Kuwait's prime minister, Sheik Sabah al Ahmed al Jabbar al Sabah, saying terrorism is "among the most grave dangers and challenges" facing the region.


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