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G20 leaders pledge to counter terrorism
09:28, 8 July 2017
G20 leaders pledge to counter terrorism

A 21-point statement on countering terrorism, its financing and propaganda was adopted during the G20 Summit in Hamburg

09:28, 8 July 2017

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The G20 countries adopted a joint statement on countering international terrorism during the G20 Summit in Hamburg. The official web-site of the European Commission published the statement.

“We, the Leaders of the G20, strongly condemn all terrorist attacks worldwide and stand united and firm in the fight against terrorism and its financing. These atrocious acts have strengthened our resolve to cooperate to enhance our security and protect our citizens. Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and terrorist safe havens eliminated in every part of the world,” reads the statement.

The G20 countries intend to widen cooperation between border agencies to detect travel for terrorist purposes and destination countries of terrorists.

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The G20 also paid special attention on in airport security – searching and eliminating vulnerabilities in airport security.

Apart from that the countries will work with the private sector, in particular communication service providers and administrators of relevant applications, to fight exploitation of the internet and social media for terrorist purposes such as propaganda, funding and planning of terrorist acts, inciting terrorism, radicalizing and recruiting to commit acts of terrorism, while “fully respecting human rights”.

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Heads of states and governments from all over the world arrived in Hamburg, Germany, invited by Chancellor Angela Merkel, so as to participate in the G20 summit; the event is slated for July 7 and 8.

19 countries and the EU join the event, along with international organizations such as the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

G20 remains the main forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues. Leaders of the world discuss topics related to global economic growth, regulation of international trade and financial markets. Climate changes, development policies, labor market, digital technologies and fighting terrorism also make the agenda of the forum.

According to Angela Merkel, G20 member countries should prove that they ‘act as a united front’.

The summit is held amidst mass protests in Hamburg; the situation, however, is under control.

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