This file photo taken on November 12,2014 shows Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sheikh Khaled a-Jarrah Al-Sabah attending a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Joint Defense Council meeting in Kuwait City. Image Credit: AFP

Rome: An international and comprehensive strategy is needed to fight Daesh and terrorism, Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Defence Minister, Shaikh Khalid Jarrah Al Sabah said late Tuesday.

Speaking in Rome during an international conference aimed at discussing the threat of Daesh, he said that the strategy must take into consideration the “multi-faceted demensions of the region”.

“The escalation of terrorism and its impact in the region reaffirms the importance of having a comprehensive strategy to eliminate it,” said Shaikh Khalid.

This strategy, he added, should take into consideration the political, economic, social, religious and media realities of the region. The strategy should not be excluded to the military and security aspects because of the proliferation of social media. Therefore, he said, it was important to involve youths in the decision-making process to benefit from their positive energies.

Shaikh Khalid said that Kuwait has amended some legislation to tighten the grip on terrorist groups, drying up terrorism financing, stopping foreign fighters from travelling to conflict zones, and confronting cyber attacks.

“It is crucially important not to link terrorism and extremism with a faith, sect or ethnicity.”