Qatar Permanent Delegation to UN Gives Briefing on Doha Forum on Foreign Fighters

Qatar Permanent Delegation to UN Gives Briefing on Doha Forum on Foreign Fighters

New York - Information Office - December 05

The Permanent Delegation of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate briefed the Member States on the Doha Forum on Foreign Fighters held in Doha on October 30 and 31 , Titled "Doha Forum on Foreign Fighters: Policies and Actions to Address Threats and Protect Vulnerable Communities" and to review the Madrid Guidelines.

HE the State of Qatar's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani said that the Forum was an opportunity for all major stakeholders to address the phenomenon of foreign fighters and their impact on vulnerable communities and global security.

The forum was organized by a number of research and academic institutions, including Soufan Center, Georgetown University, Qatar University and the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies, she added.

HE Sheikha Alia said that the purpose of the forum is to serve as a platform for exchanging information and guiding the research agenda to identify and address knowledge gaps and to find the best ways to activate Security Council resolutions on foreign terrorist fighters at the national and international levels."

To affirm the active partnership of the State of Qatar in international cooperation to confront terrorism, she noted the participation of HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, reflects the priority of the Government of the State of Qatar to support international efforts in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and to emphasize the important role played by the international community and the academic community.

HE Sheikha Alia praised the recommendations made by the Doha Forum on foreign fighters, stressing the need to combat violent extremism and the need to develop programs to deal with returnees from the battlefields to prevent them from entering war zones and conflicts again and to provide an environment conducive to their rehabilitation, education and integration into society.

In her briefing, HE the Ambassador referred to the workshop organized by the Doha Forum of the Global Counter-Terrorism Network launched by the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, which includes some 100 leading research institutions from around the world.

The briefing was attended by a number of experts (some of whom participated in the Doha Forum) in the field of security, policy makers, researchers and key actors in the issue of addressing the phenomenon of foreign fighters.