Malaysia, Saudi Arabia to discuss global peace centre on April 10, says Hishammuddin


KUALA LUMPUR: A delegation from Saudi Arabia will arrive in Malaysia on April 10 to discuss plans to build the King Salman Centre for Global Peace here, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said several countries including Qatar and the United States had expressed support for the initiative, which is aimed at combating extreme narratives propagated by the Islamic State.

"We have to show to the world that the Islamic State is not the true face of Islam. We have to show to the world that wassatiyah (moderation) is true face of Islam," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.

He also expressed hope that all Asean countries will come on-board and support the project, which will be spearheaded by Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, meanwhile, said he has chaired several special committee meetings to establish the centre within 90 days.

"This centre will not only introduce ways to fight terror but it will also bring forward themes based on true Islam," he said.

During the recently concluded visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to Malaysia, the two countries announced the establishment of a global center for peace to be based in Malaysia.

It will be set up in collaboration between the Intellectual Warfare Centre at the Saudi Ministry of Defence, and the Centre for Security and Defense at the Malaysian Ministry of Defence.

Other stakeholders of the centre will be Malaysian University of Islamic Sciences and Muslim World League.

The centre will be launched within 90 days from the date of its announcement.