Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia: US President, King Salman inaugurate centre to fight radical ideology on internet

Riyadh: The United States president and the king of Saudi Arabia on Sunday inaugurated a Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology, based in the Saudi capital Riyadh, aiming to fight radical ideology, especially on the internet.

President Donald Trump walks with Saudi King Salman during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace, Saturday in Riyadh. AP

President Donald Trump walks with Saudi King Salman during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace on Saturday in Riyadh. AP

The centre will monitor the information exchanged on the internet, especially through social networks, and try to promote moderation and curb hate speech, Efe reported on Monday.

President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz, along with other leaders such as Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, visited the modern establishment, where dozens of experts monitor digital communications, as shown by Saudi state television.

The television chain said that it is the world's first centre of its kind.

The United States and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also signed a memorandum on Sunday to create another centre to combat the financing of terrorism.

Its objectives include identifying, tracking and sharing information about terrorist financing networks, according to a statement from the United States Treasury Department.

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said, "This new Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre will enhance existing tools and cooperation with partners in the Gulf to forcefully address evolving threats."

"Treasury will offer the vast expertise of our Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence to this creative new effort," he added.

According to the memorandum, the centre is dedicated to cut funding for terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Afghan Taliban and its Haqqani network, among other groups.

Updated Date: May 22, 2017 08:18 AM

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