Senior UN official hails partnership with Bahrain at Foreign Ministry’s virtual workshop

Undersecretary General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov, hailed the existing partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain and his aspirations to enhance it further, commending the Strategic Partnership Framework between the Kingdom and the UN.

This came during the closing of the national virtual workshop, organised by the National Committee for Follow-up of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s commitment to all UN Security Council resolutions, headed by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Affairs, Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, on building capacity to protect non-profit sector from terror abuse, during the period 6-7 of May, in partnership with the UN Counter-Terrorism Office and the task force responsible to implement counter-terrorism.

Mr. Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov thanked the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain for joining the initiatives of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office and combating financing terrorist acts, appreciating the Kingdom‘s pioneering and continuous efforts in this regard.

He pointed out that Security Council Resolution 2462 on combating the financing of terrorism stressed the need to commit to eliminating and preventing financing terrorist acts, as terrorism in all its forms and manifestations represents one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa stressed the Kingdom‘s keenness to enhance partnership with international organisations, namely the United Nations.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Affairs noted that the signature of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office on the Strategic Partnership Framework in its updated form, reflects the International appreciation for the Kingdom and its advanced status Internationally, in light of the reform approach of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

He stressed that drying the sources of terrorist financing is the main pillar of any successful and effective strategy to combat terrorism, pointing, in this regard, to the issue of the (Iranian Future Bank) branch, which was a centre for financing terrorism and money laundering.

He added that the Kingdom represents a model in combating extremism and terrorism in all its forms as well as drying up their sources of financing, through compliance with established international obligations and its effective participation in relevant international and regional initiatives in this regard, as well as applying the standards of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He also expressed his aspirations to the benefit of all participants from these workshops, building on its results and implementing its recommendations.

The virtual workshop enjoyed a distinguished international interaction and a large participation that exceeded 100 participants of members of National Committee for Follow-up of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s commitment to all UN Security Council resolutions, in addition to representatives from several authorities, including civil society organizations, banks and financial institutions. The UN Resident Coordinator was also amongst the participants in the opening and closing sessions of the workshop.