Ban Ki-Moon, John Kerry praise $100 million Saudi donation to UNCCT

August 11, 2013

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received a phone call today from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. During the call, the Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous donation of $100 million to support and activate the United Nations Center for Counterterrorism (UNCCT). The conversation also touched on the latest developments in the region and the world.

On Thursday, soon after the announcement of the King’s gift, Secretary General Ban issued a statement thanking the Saudi monarch. “This generous and important donation, announced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, will help to support and strengthen international peace and security, particularly in the field of counterterrorism,” he said. “It will also help to strengthen the United Nations’ capacity to assist member states in the United Nations in their efforts to combat terrorism, and the implementation of the strategy of the United Nations in the fight against terrorism, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department released remarks from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offering similar praise. “This generous donation from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques reflects the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to support the efforts of the joint institutions and the strengthening of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism,” he said. Secretary Kerry noted that the UNCCT, which was founded at the initiative of Saudi Arabia, is a major component in the coordinated, global effort to fight terrorism.

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