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Paris attacks show need to 'eradicate' security threats: Saudi

RIYADH, November 14, 2015

The Paris attacks show it is necessary to eradicate threats to global security through joint international efforts, a Saudi Arabian source told state news agency SPA on Saturday.

"A foreign ministry source condemned the terrorist acts and bombings in the French capital," the source was quoted as saying.

"Saudi Arabia expresses the need for a concerted effort by the international community to eradicate these dangerous and destructive threats that target security and stability around the globe, and poses a threat to all religions and international norms and conventions," the source said.

The source added that an effective means for joint international action was needed to fight those who sought "to harm global security under any pretext".

Also, the kingdom's highest religious body condemned the terror attack terming it as contrary to Islamic values.

Islamic State, which is also a sworn enemy of Saudi Arabia, has claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks.

Saudi Arabia still wields great influence in the Muslim world, partly due to its wealth and its status as the birthplace and protector of Islam.

"Terrorists are not sanctioned by Islam and these acts are contrary to values of mercy it brought to the world," the Council of Senior Scholars said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

The council is the only body in the country authorised to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions.

Saudi Arabia has joined international efforts headed by the US to combat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and has also worked with Washington in its battle against al Qaeda.

The kingdom has itself been hit by a spate of deadly shooting and bomb attacks, many of them blamed on Islamic State.-Reuters




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