The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pledged to continue to take all necessary measures, including the adoption and implementation of best practices and the latest global systems to combat the link between organized crime and international terrorism by combating money laundering and enhancing border security in order to maintain international peace and security.
This came in a statement made by the Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of the State Mission to the United Nations in New York during the open debate of the Security Council on Tuesday on the links between international terrorism and organized crime under the item on the agenda The work of the Council entitled “Threats to international peace and security”.
In his statement, Al-Shamsi recommended that the United Nations focus on implementing the relevant Security Council resolutions to strengthen the capacity of States to understand and implement their new obligations under the provisions of these resolutions and to hold accountable those States that violate them, including those that support and support terrorist groups, as well as promote a better understanding of the relationship. Between international terrorism and organized crime, particularly in the specific contexts of each region, as part of the exchange of advice with the States of those regions on the most effective means of combating such crimes.
Al Shamsi pointed to the great importance attached by the UAE to combating terrorism, including its growing relationship with organized crime. Terrorists benefit from trafficking in people, weapons, cultural property, natural resources, kidnappings and bank robbery to finance their operations and support their terrorist activities.
He stressed that the eradication of this scourge requires the drying up of all sources of financial and logistical support, including organized crime.
He reviewed the UAE’s position in support of the efforts to enhance the exchange of best practices and practices in order to address the links between terrorism and organized crime and to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between regional, international and subregional organizations. He reviewed the initiatives and actions taken by the UAE to block the links between terrorism and organized crime In financial support, ranking the UAE among the top 5 countries in the world in terms of AML / CFT compliance.
He pointed out that at the local level, the State was keen to strengthen its broad legal frameworks to combat the financing of terrorism and to implement the latest recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), citing the promulgation of Federal Law No. 20 of 2018 on countering money laundering offenses Combating the financing of terrorism and the financing of illegal organizations.
He also referred to the National Committee established by the UAE government to counter money laundering, combating terrorist financing and financing illegal organizations within the UAE Central Bank. He pointed out that the UAE seeks to protect its domestic financial system by applying the latest and most efficient international systems by providing financial intelligence units with the necessary equipment and expertise In order to be able to analyze and investigate suspicious transactions, expressing his pride that the UAE is the first country in the Gulf region to launch the “goAML” program to collect and analyze financial information to combat Financing and terrorism financing, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Saud Al Shamsi referred to the State’s efforts to support international counter-terrorism efforts, including its accession to regional and international treaties and conventions relating to combating the financing of terrorism and its participation in the auspices and implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions such as resolution 2347 on combating the destruction and illicit trafficking in cultural heritage By the terrorist groups in situations of armed conflict which followed the establishment of the UAE in cooperation with France and UNESCO “International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas”.
He pointed out that the United Arab Emirates is one of the founding countries of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, which plays an important role in the exchange of information between financial intelligence units to combat the financing of terrorism in the region.