2006 News Story

Preparatory meetings begin for ministerial meeting of Iraq’s neighbors

Preparatory meetings began today for the upcoming meeting of the interior ministers of Iraq’s neighboring countries. The three-day sessions will set out the agenda for the ministerial meeting in Jeddah. 

Saudi Interior Undersecretary Ahmed Al-Salem chaired today’s session. In his opening remarks, he characterized terrorism as the biggest challenge facing the Muslim nation. He noted that Muslims are often accused of being terrorists, when in fact they are the most affected victims of terrorism.

Another painful element is that those who commit acts of terrorism claim that they adhere to Islam, which others have used to undermine and defame the religion, he said.