by Stephen Kwabena Effah

December 4, 2017


King of Jordan discusses terrorism, extremism with Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo and the King of Jordan, His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein

President Nana Akufo-Addo and the King of Jordam, His Majesty King Abdullah have met to discuss global efforts at fighting terrorism and extremist ideologies, especially in West Africa region.

The two t a meeting Sunday, stressed a on the importance of coordination and enhancing international cooperation in the war against terrorism within a holistic approach as it threatens the security of the entire world.

This was at the sidelines of the Aqaba Process Meeting on West Africa being held in Jordan to discuss efforts aimed at combating the twin scourges of terrorism and violent extremism in West Africa.

The King and Nana Akufo-Addo also used the occasion to discuss cooperation between Jordan and Ghana, and means to improve it in various fields, a Royal Court statement said on Sunday.

The 2017 Aqaba Meetings, which started Saturday, was launched by the King to maintain international and regional coordination and cooperation in the fight against terrorism within a holistic approach, and to discuss security challenges in regions around the world that are dealing with terrorism hotspots, with the aim of identifying shortcomings and coordinating efforts to fight terrorism.

The meetings are part of His Majesty’s initiative to reach out to countries around the world and coordinate with them on this issue, since the anti-terrorism fight “must be a joint, international effort, based on close coordination and consultations, to counter the global threats of terrorism and extremism”, the statement said.

Held with the aim of exchanging expertise and information — as well as bolstering security and military cooperation in the fight against terrorism — the latest Aqaba Meetings feature the participation of presidents of West African countries, as well as ministers from the US, the UK and France.

Senior political and security officials from European, Latin American, and African countries, and representatives from the UN, the EU, NATO, and the African Union are also attending.

The participants also include other senior officials from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Nigeria, Mauritania, Antigua and Barbuda, Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Chad, and Burkina Faso, in addition to representatives of regional and international organisations.

Over the past two years, the Aqaba Meetings featured similar discussions held by the King with heads and representatives of a number of countries in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Balkans.

Source Jordan Times

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