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Terrorism divides Muslim world: Saudi FM Adel al Jubeir said

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(Kuwait-AlummahWorld, Sha`ban 10, 1436, May 28, 2015) Acts of terrorism and the practice of Islamic extremism aim to divide Muslim world, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday at a meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries (OIC) in Kuwait.

“We have been committed in confronting the challenges of extremism and violence,” Jubeir said in one of the meeting’s opening statements.

“Terrorism, extremism and sectarianism aim to divide the Muslim world,” he added, citing the current conflict in Yemen as a “reflection of the suffering of the global Muslim community". The Foreign Minister said.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen who are fighting to seize parts of the country and overthrow Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

In his opening statements, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said the Arab coalition had “responded to the Yemeni president's request to restore legitimacy.”

Sheikh Sabah defended the Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen's Houthi rebels and their allies after they "threatened our security and stability and captured power by force".

Al-Sabah also called for combating the spread of militant organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group and condemned the ISIS-linked suicide bombing on Friday that killed 21 worshipers at a mosque in al-Qadeeh village in Saudi Arabia, a statement by the OIC said.

"We must take a serious stand on the sectarian malady that has been shaking the structure of our nation and fragments it," the emir told foreign ministers and representatives from the 57-member OIC at its annual meeting.

"This fanaticism is the most dangerous to the existence of our nation. We are all losers in this conflict, and the winner is the one who wants to inflame this destructive strife for their own objectives."

On the Syrian crisis, Sheikh Sabah said the four-year-long war could “only be solved through diplomatic channels” as the humanitarian crisis escalates.
The OIC has convened over 50 foreign ministers from the Muslim world to form Islamic-world strategy on combatting terrorism, violent extremism and hate speech in the meeting held in Kuwait from May 27-28.

Entitled “Shared Vision in Promoting Tolerance and Denouncing Terrorism,” it marks the 42nd OIC Foreign Ministers Meeting.