Ban praises Saudi Arabia for contributions to counterterrorism center

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for offering a financial contribution of $100 million to U.N. counter-terrorism efforts.

Ban expressed appreciation for Saudi Arabia's significant contribution to improve international security and peace, particularly in the global battle against terrorism. Saudi Arabia is a founding member state of the U.N. and Ban said the country consistently supported U.N. efforts throughout the world in multiple fields.

The most recent contribution will strengthen the U.N.'s ability to assist member states through the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Centre. The UNCCT was launched in 2011 with the help of another contribution from the Saudi Arabian government.

The $100 million contribution will also help other relevant U.N. bodies to implement the U.N. Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted in 2006 by the U.N. General Assembly.

The strategy is based on four pillars: tackling the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, the prevention and combating of terrorism, strengthening states' and the U.N.'s capacity to combat and prevent terrorism and ensuring respect for human rights and the the rule of law as the fundamental basis in the battle against terrorism.

Ban reaffirmed his commitment to keep working with all member states through relevant U.N. counter-terrorism bodies to improve the international community's efforts to fight the global scourge of terrorism.