New York: The UAE has urged United Nations’ agencies and member states to take collective action to identify countries that support and finance terrorism and hold them accountable. This call was made at the UN High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustainable Peace by Zaki Nussaibeh, Minister of State and Head of the UAE delegation to the meeting.

“An effective approach to peacebuilding and sustaining peace must be comprehensive and takes into account the specific national context, regional dynamics, and international drivers of today’s conflicts and must support national ownership of political, policy, and institutional solutions and reforms,” Nussaibeh said in his statement before the General Assembly.

He confirmed the UAE’s approach to peace has always been long-term and multifaceted, with prevention at its core. This extends to the UAE’s military involvement, where the UAE is an active contributor to the security architecture of the region and has participated in international coalitions in Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Bosnia-Kosovo and the Gulf War, as well as in the fight against Daesh.

As a Member of the Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, the UAE is contributing to the reconstruction and provision of aid in Yemen. Furthermore, the UAE is providing emergency assistance to Syrian refugees to integrate them into their communities better, as well as rebuilding government institutions and preserving heritage in areas liberated from Daesh in Iraq.

Nussaibeh said a key aspect of any moves to prevent conflict and build peace must focus on multilateral efforts to end the financing and support of extremism and terrorism. Subsequently, the UAE has taken measures, along with its partners and allies, to stop these countries’ activities and put an end to their nefarious policies that have destabilised the Middle East.

He reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to political resolutions and the UN-led processes aimed at fostering durable peace around the world, particularly in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.