Middle East

Saudi Arabia gives UN $100 mln to fight terrorism

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal addresses a news conference following a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), on the situation in the Gaza Strip, in Jeddah August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Alhwaity

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday gave $100 million to the United Nations to support counter-terrorism efforts and called on other countries to do the same.

The donation follows a $500 million Saudi gift to the UN effort to help Iraqi refugees fleeing a jihadist advance.

"We have been stung by the evil of terrorism," Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir told reporters.

"We believe that those countries that have not been stung by terrorism seem to be lax in dealing with terrorism in a serious way," he told reporters afer presenting a cheque to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

The funds will go to the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, set up in 2011 to tackle new security threats from terrorism.

The United States, Germany and Britain have also donated to help run the UN centre.





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