Saudi king vows to exterminate terrorism

Jan. 21, 2005 at 12:21 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Saudi King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz vowed Friday in an address to more than 2 million Muslim pilgrims in Mecca to eradicate terrorism.

"Terrorism is the result of sick minds and erroneous acts deviating from the path of the true Islamic religion and its teachings," Fahd said.

He stressed Saudi Arabia, which has been swept by terrorist acts in the past two years, "will confront this trend in all its aspects and eradicate it from its roots."

He said eradicating terrorism "necessitates international cooperation to confront terrorist groups and bar them from using the territories in which they are based ... to launch terrorist acts in the region."

The king pointed out Saudi Arabia will host an international conference on combating terrorism in the first week of February.

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