#G20 leaders' statement on countering terrorism

Joanna Estrada
July 9, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference that the leaders had agreed on closer cooperation in countering terrorism, after a long discussion at the Hamburg summit.

In a statement released at the end of the first day of the 12th G20 Summit in Hamburg, the member countries made a decision to take concrete steps to stop funding of the terror activities.

The countries issued a joint statement condemning the "scourge" of terrorism funding, and praised the work already undertaken to shut off sources of finance for illicit groups.

In addition to this, the leaders also decided that the private sector will be involved in the global efforts to counter terror-financing.

The leaders of G-20 also underlined to fight exploitation of internet and social media for propaganda inciting terrorism and radicalization.

The leaders also called for the implementation of existing global commitments on countering terrorism, including the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and compliance with relevant resolutions and targetted sanctions by the UN Security Council relating to terrorism. Steps would be taken to filter, detect and remove content that incites terrorists' activities.

In a joint declaration on countering terrorism on the first day of the G-20 Summit, they resolved to facilitate swift and targeted exchanges of information between intelligence, law enforcement and judicial authorities on operational information-sharing, preventive measures and criminal justice response.

In the statement, leaders resolved to eliminate terrorist "safe spaces", deal with "returning foreign terrorist fighters", enable seamless information exchange between appropriate bodies for better preventive measures and criminal justice response, and respect worldwide laws and the UN Charter in the process.

Mr Modi has been raising the issue of combating terrorism in all his meetings recently with European leaders in the wake of a spate of terror attacks that have struck European countries like Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden recently.

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