British Prime Minister Theresa May said that terrorist ideology is “evolving not disappearing”, while she was attending the Group of Seven (G7) summit Italy…reports Asian Lite News
May was firm on making her voice against the terrorist attacks prevailing in different parts of the world, especially on the backdrop of the recent one where a suicide bomb blast killed 22 people and injured more than 60 after a music concert in Manchester Arena.
The British Prime Minister was also keen on signifying the free trade and open markets that UK want to make with other countries at a time when lot of debate is going on about the future of UK’s free trade and business negotiations due to the Brexit fallout.
Addressing a press conference shortly after the leaders signed a joint declaration on combating terrorism and extremist violence, May said: “We agreed the threat from Daesh (or Islamic State militia) is evolving rather than disappearing.”
“Make no mistake: the fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet,”
Xinhua news agency quoted her as saying.
The British leader said “corporations have a social responsibility to remove harmful content from the internet” which spreads “hateful” propaganda that “warps young minds”.
She also said it is “vital” that Britain cooperate with its partners on counter-terrorism investigations and intelligence sharing.
These comments invite more attention where UK stops sharing information after a US media published the details of Manchester attack, causing unpleasure for UK leaders. Later US state secretary Rex Tillerson went on to say that his country takes full responsibility for the media leaks.
May called for the pacification of Libya and Syria, where ongoing civil wars are destabilizing the Middle East and surrounding regions.
On the trade front, May said: “I reiterate the UK’s abiding commitment to free trade and open markets”, calling for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to “create a level playing field” to promote a fair business environment.
Fair play is one of the ways G7 countries can “ensure all our citizens participate in the benefits of globalization”.
She went on to say that Britain remains committed to the Paris Agreement to curb climate change.
“As the G7, we stand united today in upholding the values we share to create a safe and prosperous future for all our citizens,” May said.