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British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Asian Lite office in Manchester. Photo: Arun Jacob Thomas (File)

British Prime Minister David Cameron will begin a four-day to South East Asia seeking better trade relations and help to tame ‘common enemy’ ISIS….reports Asian Lite News

British Prime minister David Cameron at the Asian Lite office in Manchester. Photo: Arun Jacob Thomas
British Prime minister David Cameron at the Asian Lite office in Manchester. Photo: Arun Jacob Thomas

CameronĀ is expected to offer Indonesia and Malaysia support in tackling Islamist extremists, during a trade mission to South East Asia, BBC reported.

Mr Cameron will discuss the issues with his counterparts, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, and later Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia.

 

The UK government estimates about 500 people from Indonesia and about 200 from Malaysia have joined IS in Iraq and Syria.

The prime minister is said to be “keen to explore” whether the UK can offer more practical counter-terrorism support to both countries, such as disrupting foreign fighters, investigating potential terror plots and improving aviation security.

He is also planning to learn from their work in tackling the extremist ideology and encouraging tolerance, to explore whether the UK can learn from their approach.

Speaking ahead of his departure for Indonesia, Mr Cameron said IS was “one of the biggest threats our world has faced”.

“All of us face a threat from foreign fighters and from increasing radicalisation within our countries and it’s right that we look at what help we can provide to one another,” he said.

 

 

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