TEHRAN, YJC. -- The Cabinet has adopted a bill setting up a new international center to combat extremism and terrorism.
Called Hedayah (guidance), it was announced in December by the Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, and has been in operation since.
The Cabinet said the center would aim to establish "a global platform that catalyses discussion and co-operation among countries of the world to confront extremism".
When it was first announced, officials said it would investigate terrorism and its roots, and find ways to support victims of terrorism by working with academics and religious and community leaders.
"Extremism is religiously and morally unacceptable," tweeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, after yesterday's Cabinet meeting.
"International cooperation is needed to confront it and the UAE will remain a key partner." Rashid tweeted.
He said the country adopted an open, moderate and tolerant approach as a state and rejected extremism as religiously and morally unacceptable.
At the same meeting, the Cabinet adopted a new control system for drinking water.
It will improve water quality by unifying control mechanisms on drinking water, including production, processing, packaging and distribution.
"Water is life ... and the quality of water is the quality of life.. and its safety is the safety of all members of a society," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
He stressed the importance of federal and local government efforts in unifying standards in co-operation with the Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Health, Federal Customs Authority, local customs authorities, UAE University, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, and municipalities in addition to main water suppliers.
The new control system will start six weeks after its publication in the official gazette.
* The National