Time: 2:37 AM
Despite the international community efforts to
counter the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, the global coalition success
in significantly degrading it, the terrorist organization still poses a real
threat to international peace and security, affirmed Monday Kuwait's
Representative to the United Nations Mansour A. Al-Otaibi.
Though the number and scale of terrorist attacks carried out by IS has
recently declined due to many factors including the efforts of the
international community, especially the Global Coalition to Defeat IS/Daesh,
the group continues to pose a real and direct threat, Ambassador Al-Otaibi
said at a special UN Security Council session on the terror threats to the
international peace and security.
He noted that the global coalition's efforts had resulted in a remarkable
decrease in the group members in Iraq and Syria to 14,000-18,000, according to
The group, however, had shown keenness to quickly adapt and transform to
use available resources and cooperate with other terrorist groups to execute
its plots whenever an opportunity arises, he warned.
He stressed that the international community had to take into account that a
great IS members were foreign fighters who were returning, relocating or
"Without unifying the international community efforts to target its
financial, logistical, military, intelligence, security and media networks,
the group will re-emerge in hotspots and conflict zones causing the
international community to incur heavy losses," Al-Otaibi cautioned.
He reiterated Kuwait's commitment to the global Coalition's Guiding
Principles adopted in Kuwait in 2018, which were renewed by the Ministers of
the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS/DAESH in their meeting in Washington on
February 6, 2019.
Al-Otaibi clarified that the most prominent threat is IS's ability to
organize and finance its terrorist activities through financial assets ranging
between USD 50 million and USD 300 million.
This requires international and national preventive measures such as
comprehensive strategies to fight the financing of terrorism and terrorist
narratives, he asserted.
He went on to stress the need to reassess the situation of relocating
fighters, reaffirming the need to hold perpetrators accountable, including
those who have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.
At the international level, he continued, exchanging information,
addressing the root causes of terrorism, preventing terrorism incitement,
training law enforcement officers, taking care of young people and signing
bilateral agreements are vital.
Al-Otaibi renewed Kuwait's firm stance condemning terrorism in all its
forms and manifestations and regardless of its motives and describing it as
unjustifiable criminal acts, that should not be linked to any religion,
nationality, civilization or ethnic group.
He underlined the need to mobilize international efforts to counter this
scourge by taking necessary measures to ensure respect for human rights, the
rule of law and good governance.