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Published on Mar 20, 2015
With the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and Islamist terrorist attacks occurring in Europe, cooperation with our allies in the Gulf and the wider Arab world is more important today than ever in combating international terrorism. The Arab League can do much to stem the causes of jihadi terrorism at the roots. A more proactive approach in restricting the funding activities of certain religious charities that are in fact financing terrorism, restricting the travel of known terrorists, and ceasing the promotion of Wahhabi Salafism across the globe are just three examples.
This House was addressed by the King of Jordan discussing the key role that his country is playing in the air campaign against ISIS. Along with countries such as Egypt, Jordan is a great example in the region of what genuine military cooperation can look like. Tunisia is also a good example and success story of what democracy can mean for the Arab Spring. Finally, more also must be done to pressure those GCC states, notably Qatar, that are funding and equipping directly or indirectly international jihadi terrorism.