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ARAB INTERIOR MINISTERS TO MEET IN ALGIERS THIS MARCH

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan 19– Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council, Mohammad Bin Ali Koman said Sunday, the council will convene a ministerial meeting in Algiers this March, to discuss the draft strategy against terrorism.

The ordinary 32nd session of the council will discuss, inter alia, the accusation unjustifiably levelled against the Arab World, including those relating to terrorism, Koman told reporters, after receiving Algerian Minister of Interior and Local Government, Tayeb Belaiz.

“Algeria is one of the countries that fought and is still fighting terrorism, which poses a threat to the world,” Koman pointed out.

He accused western countries of harbouring extremist ideologies, under the pretext of freedom of belief, which Algeria, as well as, other Arab countries are victims of terrorism.

Referring to the defamatory caricatures by the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which sparked bloody incidents in Paris last week, he said that, freedom of speech can, by no means justify, slandering or offending others.

“The freedom of speech does not mean freedom of slander or transgression, which could fuel hatred and feud,” he made clear.

Koman called on the international community to combat terrorism in a responsible way.

SOURCE: KUNA