The UN, the Gulf Cooperation Council and other concerned governmental and non-governmental actors must take a comprehensive and coordinated approach to security threats in the Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa, according to participants in a global security symposium.

From right to left: Mr. Weixiong Chen, CTED Deputy Executive Director, with Prof. Mohammed Benhammou, President, Moroccan Center for Strategic Studies.

New risks and the security threats in the Sahel and in the Horn of Africa and their impact on the Gulf region were the source of growing concern for the international community. Concerned actors must address those risks and threats through a coordinated approach in order to effectively prevent violent extremism from escalating and spreading.

The two-day symposium, held in Doha on 12 and 13 May 2013, was co-sponsored by the Moroccan Center for Strategic Studies and Qatar’s National Academy for Professional Training. It was attended by experts from around 50 Government agencies and academic institutions, who exchanged views and recommended ways to deal effectively with the threats and challenges to the region.

The security situation in Yemen was also the focus of discussion.

Mr. Weixiong Chen, CTED Deputy Executive Director, said that the adoption of a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy by Yemen would not only facilitate the existing dialogue among relevant national stakeholders, but would also help address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism. Mr. Chen also called on donor States and organizations to step up their financial and technical assistance to help Yemen strengthen its counter-terrorism capacities.

Symposium participants are expected to continue their discussions at a series of future events.


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