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Saudi Arabia give UN $100m to fight terrorism

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United Nations: Saudi Arabia handed over a check for $100 million (Dh367 million) to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to help finance the UN’s centre to combat global terrorism.

The UN chief welcomed the gift at a ceremony in his office and said the recent upsurge in terrorism in a number of countries and regions — most dramatically, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)extremist group’s takeover of a large swath of Syria and Iraq — “underscores the challenge before us”.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Adel Al Jubeir, who presented the cheque with the Saudi UN ambassador, stressed that “terrorism is a scourge and an evil that affects all of us”. He said it can only be dealt with if all countries and peoples unite to deal with the threat.

“We believe that the United Nations can play a very strong and very effective role in mobilising the efforts of the world to counter this evil,” Al Jubeir said.

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