Crown Prince Promotes Moderate Islam to Combat Violent Extremism

In an interview with the London Telegraph ahead of his visit to the United Kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman advocated for moderate Islam as a means to stop terrorism and extremism.

“The extremists and the terrorists are linked through spreading their propaganda. We need to work together to promote moderate Islam. We want to fight terrorism, and we want to fight extremism because we need to build stability in the Middle East. We want economic growth that will help the region to develop. Because of our dominant position, Saudi Arabia is the key to the economic success of the region,” he added.

Saudi Arabia: A Leader in the Fight Against Terrorism.

The United States has long urged Muslim countries to take a more proactive role countering terrorism and extremist ideology. Saudi Arabia has been leading this charge. Saudi Arabia has articulated a strategy by targeting the men, money and mindset that sustains it.

More than 2,800 suspected terrorists have been arrested in Saudi Arabia since 2015, including the conspirators in the July 4th attacks.

Saudi Arabia has the strongest terror financing and money laundering laws in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has frozen and investigated more than 115 bank accounts suspected of terror financing. The Kingdom is a founding member of the Counter-ISIL Finance Group. Co-Chaired by Saudi Arabia, United States and Italy, CIFG is dedicated to cutting off sources of funding for Daesh. In October 2017, Saudi Arabia and the United States launched the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a collaborative approach to confronting new and evolving threats arising from terrorist financing.

Prominent Islamic leaders have condemned terrorism has counter to Islam. In a message to the people of Saudi Arabia and all the world’s Muslims on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz recommitted Saudi Arabia to “strike with an iron fist” the terror groups that seek to recruit youths to “extremism and violence,” and pledged efforts to “distance them from masterminds of misleading ideas.”

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