THE APEC Leaders headed by US President Barack Obama during their meeting in Manila.
MANILA — Leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation have denounced terrorism in all its manifestations in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and the crash of a Russian airliner in Sinai, says the declaration adopted by its participants.
The denounciation was made in their joint declaration entitled “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World: A Vision for an Asia-Pacific Community.”
“Under the shadow cast by the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and against Russian aircraft over the Sinai, and elsewhere, we strongly condemn all acts, methods, and practices of terrorism in all their forms and manifestations,” the declaration stated.
“We will not allow terrorism to threaten the fundamental values that underpin our free and open economies. Economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity are among the most powerful tools to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization,” it added.
“We stress the urgent need for increased international cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terrorism,” the leaders said in the declaration.The 21 leaders of the APEC shared the same sentiment as G20 Leaders’ in combating terrorism comprehensively as besides the loss of lives, such heinous acts have serious economic and business implications.“Both in the G20 and APEC, terrorism was discussed and there were no distinction in their respective opinions and stance, which is to tackle violent extremism with all its might,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.