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Vietnam voices concerns over terrorism, violence in Africa

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the UN, has voiced concerns over terrorism and extremist violence in Africa which is threatening the stability and development of several countries in the continent.

Quy represented Vietnam at the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s debate on “Peace and Security of Africa: Countering Terrorism and Extremism” in New York on March 11. The event was held with China as president of the council this month.

The debate saw the presence of high-ranking officials who shared the view that terrorism in Africa, particularly in Sahel, Lake Chad and Horn of Africa, is alarming and seriously obstructing the peace progress and security in the region and affecting the life of local people.

In his remarks, Ambassador Quy emphasised the importance of addressing the root causes of terrorism and extremism in Africa.

It is necessary to effectively enforce the UN’s international conventions and resolutions on counter-terrorism and suppression of terrorism financing, he said.

The official also highlighted the need for cooperation among African countries to tackle the issues and called for support from the international community to help these countries combat terrorism and violent extremism.

Other representatives also proposed measures to counter terrorism and extremist violence in Africa, with focus placed on addressing political challenges and inequality, promoting the rule of law, and strengthening cooperation and exchange regionally and globally.

They agreed that there should be comprehensive solutions which cover other areas such as socio-economic affairs, human rights, empowerment of women and youth, and that international support is significant for enhancing capacity building and mobilising resources to fight terrorism in Africa.