British Prime Minister David Cameron said a Commonwealth unit will be formed to target the “scourge” of extremism. India is among the 53 former colonies forming the Commonwealth
Cameron said the Commonwealth has a vital role to play in tackling terrorism. He pledged £5m over five years to help fund the unit, BBC reported.
He is meeting leaders from across the 53-nation group in Malta, where the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) is taking place.
The Queen is to open the conference, which takes place once every two years. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is attending the meeting.
Counter-terrorism is top of the prime minister’s agenda for the meeting in the Maltese capital, Valletta.
Mr Cameron said of the Commonwealth unit: “The Commonwealth has a vital role to play in broadening international efforts to counter extremism.
“Its civil society and education networks make it particularly well placed to complement international efforts to build counter narratives to this poisonous extremist ideology.
“This is the struggle of our generation, but by working together we will defeat this extremism scourge that is a threat to us all.”