Ambassador Monther Al-Eissa with the Kuwaiti delegation at the conference
Kuwait's strong stance against all types of terrorism and criminal acts.
Ambassador Al-Eissa: "Kuwait keen on implementing int'l anti-terrorism laws"
(Translation appears in Arabic Section)
MELBOURNE-- The State of Kuwait is keen on implementing international laws connected with anti-terrorism and efforts to deny terrorists financial support to carry out their heinous acts, said Kuwaiti Ambassador to Australia Monther Al-Eissa Thursday.
Delivering Kuwait's statement to the two-day "No Money for Terror" Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing -- inaugurated by the Australian Minister of the Home Affairs' Department Peter Dutton in Melbourne -- Ambassador Al-Eissa said that his country had formed the Kuwait Financial Intelligence Unit in compliance with international laws concerning efforts to cut funding to individuals or groups supporting terrorism.
A system was also designated to monitor Kuwaiti charitable efforts in an extra measure to completely block any attempt to exploit money for humanitarian aid in terror plots, affirmed Ambassador Al-Eissa who reiterated Kuwait's strong stance against all types of terrorism and criminal acts.
On the international level, Kuwait -- as part of its non-permanent seat at the UNSC -- had played a role in pushing for resolutions 2462 and 2482 concerning anti-terrorism and the fight against organized crime.
He added the State of Kuwait is constantly developing tools and legislation to better confront terrorism and dry its resources in line with UN resolutions and in cooperation with the States of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Ambassador Al-Eissa revealed that Kuwait is an important participant in the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), headquartered in Saudi Arabia, as part of a GCC states-US effort to stop terrorism.
He insisted that terrorism should not be connected to any creed, race or religion, stressing the importance of an international collective to combat terrorism and drying its resources.
The Kuwaiti diplomat also said that to better fight terrorism, it would sensible to conjoin such efforts with combating organized crime, indicating that national and international work within such domains would not succeed without intelligence sharing and data exchange among security and financial institutes worldwide.
In regards to the "No Money for Terror" Conference, Ambassador Al-Eissa commended Australia for carrying on the torch, which was first lit in the Paris conference of 2018, saying that the Australian government is a key player in the international efforts to combat terrorism.
Preventing terrorists from obtaining the financial means to carry out their plots is an international obligation stipulated by the UN and other global organizations and this conference is part of such efforts, he affirmed.
Ambassador Al-Eissa is leading a delegation, which includes Assistant Foreign Minister for Development Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Sabeeh, acting head of the Kuwait Financial Intelligence Unit Ghazi Al-Abduljalil, as well as the members of the diplomatic mission of Kuwait in the capital Canberra. The conference will tackle in sixth sessions numerous issues pertaining to the efforts to combat terror financing in all its shapes and forms.
The opening day of the conference included several sessions with the first focusing on the evolution of terrorist threats while the second one will discuss the global responses to kidnap for ransom and terrorism financing both chaired by Department of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne respectively.
The third and final session of the day focused on the emerging technologies and terror financing risk headed by the Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter.