Abu-Dhabi (UNA-OIC) � The Ministers of Information of the Anti-Terror Quartet met on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, as part of their efforts aimed at unifying counter-terror efforts in the region and throughout the world.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, Bahrain's Minister of Information Ali bin Mohammed Al Ramahi, President of the Egyptian Higher Council for Media Regulation Makram Mohammed Ahmed and Minister of State and Chairman of UAE National Media Council (NMC) Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber.
Also attending the meeting were a number of media representatives and intellectual dignitaries to ensure knowledge transfer and exchange of expertise between the four countries in combatting terrorist financing and fighting those supporting and harboring extremists.
The ministers underlined the importance of the role played by thinkers in influencing communities and shaping public opinion. They also called upon the media and think-tanks to work together to achieve the set targets and protect the Arab communities, particularly the young people, against extremist ideologies.
"We count a lot on the rising generation to continue the march of building and renaissance in the entire region in general and in our four countries in particular," the ministers said in a statement.
They also stressed that extremism and terrorism have their own thinking and financial pillars and without dismantling these two lifelines, the current mechanisms for fighting them will never put an end to this menace that eats inside a lot of communities in the region.
The participants reviewed the means of coordination between the media in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as identifying a unified media vision for dealing with the developments in the region, especially fighting terrorism as the most pressing issue.
The ministers stressed the importance of countering the attempts of some regional countries' politicized media outlets, that interfere in the internal affairs of other countries in the region with the ultimate objective of implementing suspicious agenda and undermining security.
"We should also focus on social media platforms, the most influential means of public opinion in the Arab communities," the ministers said in the statement.
"We should also come up with strategies to increase the share of positive content and culture of optimism and hope through these media platforms in the face of extremism and violence content," they added.
Source: International Islamic News Agency