UN conference to combat terrorism kicks off in Nairobi with broad participation of African countries and representatives of several regional and international organizations.
African counter-terrorism must be holistic, well-funded, underpinned by respect for human rights, and most importantly backed by strong political will to defeat terrorism, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his address to the conferees.
Guterres addressed the official opening of the African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism currently underway in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Guterres said that the threat of terrorism in Africa is spreading and destabilizing entire regions, noting that the situation in the Sahel and the increasing risks in West Africa are worrisome.
“There is an urgent need for the international community to support Member States in this region to strengthen national capacities and resilience against terrorism,” Guterres said.
Guterres stated that he hopes that African nations would use the conference to strengthen partnerships amongst themselves and the rest of the world to combat terrorism and violent extremism.
He affirmed the importance of Sudan’s regional role in achieve peace and stability in the region.
For his part, head of Sudan’s delegation, Lt. Gen. Awad Al-Kareem AGurashi briefed the conference on the developments in Sudan and the AU/Ethiopia brokered agreement reached between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change which found welcome from the participants.
In Sudan’s interaction in the conference, member of Sudan delegation, Ambassador Mohy Addeen Salim displayed Sudan’s experience in fighting terrorism and preventing the violent extremism through several programmes, initiative and mechanism by adapting the intellectual dialogue with the extremist groups besides boosting the role of youth and civil society organizations.