Saudi gives $100 million for UN counterterrorism

A state-linked news website in Saudi Arabia says the kingdom has donated $100 million to the United Nations International Centre for Counterterrorism.

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Published: Thu 23 Jan 2014, 8:34 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:19 AM

There was no immediate response from the UN centre about whether the funds had been received. However, the Saudi pledge of $100 million initially was announced in August.

The Arab News reported Thursday that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked Saudi Arabia for its support to the centre during a meeting with Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal in Switzerland just before the start of peace talks over the Syrian civil war.

Saudi Arabia is a staunch supporter of Syria’s opposition and funds Islamist rebel movements that Syrian President Bashar Assad accuses of supporting Al Qaeda-linked militants.

The UN counterterrorism centre was established in 2011.

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