New York / WAM
Hedayah, the Abu-Dhabi-based International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, on Thursday welcomed the announcement of expanded support from the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The foreign secretary met HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, in New York and praised the UAE government for its strategic and financial support to Hedayah.
Johnson also announced plans to make US$1.4 million annual funding available to the centre. This will fund a number of international CVE programmes run from the Abu Dhabi Centre. It will also fund the launch of a ‘Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Task Force’ which will be run from a new Hedayah satellite office in Washington DC. This will work with governments across the world to develop national action plans to reduce the threat. In 2011, the UK and UAE became co-chairs of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum working group on
Countering Violent Extremism.