The United Arab Emirates (UAE) urged UN entities to avoid referring to Da’esh as the “Islamic State,” contending that the extremists shouldn’t be equated with the religion during the UN Security Council meeting in New York.
In his remarks, Mohamed Abushahab, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires of the UAE, advised organizations not to “permit Daesh and other groups to hijack a religion of tolerance and give credence to their pretences.”
“There is nothing Islamic about terrorism,” he added.
The UN acknowledged that the threat posed by Daesh and its affiliates was “global and evolving” at the time Abushahab made his comments.
“Daesh and its affiliates continue to exploit conflict dynamics, governance fragilities and inequality to incite, plan and organize terrorist attacks,” said UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, as he presented the Secretary-General’s fifteenth report.
As the “fight against Al-Qaeda remains a global priority,” Abushahab emphasized that the war against terrorism extended beyond Daesh, particularly now that “the organization enters a leadership vacuum, following the death of Ayman Al-Zawahiri.”
In his speech, he claimed that technology may be a “double-edged sword” that, on the one hand, could be utilized to enhance people’s quality of life while, on the other, being abused by terrorist organizations.
Emerging technologies, according to Abushahab, offer great potential to support initiatives to prevent, counter, and address terrorism.
He also added, in reference to the enlistment of youngsters in refugee camps, that the council “must focus on preventing the emergence of the next generation of terrorists and extremists.”
“At Al-Hol camp, more than 25,000 children are at potential risk of radicalization,” said Abushahab. “Genuine efforts must be made to give these children hope for a more peaceful and prosperous future.”
He urged the international community to “seize this opportunity and act now” to destroy Daesh and other terrorist organizations as he closed his speech.