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Updated: 12/10/2012 02:31 | By Channel NewsAsia

Saudi Arabia’s Care & Counselling Centre experts to share experiences

Saudi Arabia’s Care & Counselling Centre experts to share experiences


Saudi Arabia’s Care & Counselling Centre experts to share experiences

SINGAPORE: Experts from the Saudi Arabia’s Care and Counselling Centre will share their experiences in Singapore as part of a conference organised by the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) next year.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who visited the Gulf State recently, said Saudi Arabia is in a challenging neighbourhood.

He noted the country has made enormous efforts in countering terrorism and extremism, and said Singapore wants to learn from them.

"I was at the care and counselling centre which just started up; they had several hundreds of ex—Guantanamo Bay detainees and a couple of thousands of others who came through the centre and they have a lot of experience," said Mr Teo.

"We have a religious rehabilitation group in Singapore which is doing the same sort of counselling for our detainees and we want to share experiences."

Singapore and Saudi Arabia plan to cooperate in areas such as combating transnational crime and terrorism, under a Memorandum of Intent between Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior.

— CNA/xq

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