Foreign Minister calls on global community to fight terrorism

  • Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will address the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee during a visit to India this week
  • He will use his speech in New Delhi today (Saturday) to call on like-minded partners to rally behind a mission to reduce terrorist resources and prevent future attacks like the one seen in Mumbai in 2008.
  • The foreign minister began his first visit to India in his role in Mumbai yesterday (Friday) before heading to New Delhi today.

The international community must work together to ‘starve out terrorists of emerging finance and technology’ which will cause destruction around the world, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said today (Saturday 29 October).

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in New Delhi, he will call on countries to work together to counter terrorism online – including global terrorist recruitment campaigns and live streaming of attacks.

It comes after he paid tribute yesterday at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai to those who lost their lives in the 2008 terror attack in the city, including three British nationals.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs must say:

In the space of two decades, terrorists have gone from broadcasting cracking voice recordings from the depths of Tora Bora, to global online recruitment and incitement campaigns, to live attacks.

Online incitement has radicalized vulnerable people in faraway countries, who have continued to use rental vans as weapons of terror.

We must therefore continue to work together to combat terrorist ideologies online.

He will conclude that we must “starve the terrorists out of finance and emerging technologies that will cause death and destruction in the world”.

The UK’s Counter Daesh Communication Cell, in partnership with the governments of the United States and the United Arab Emirates, is working to challenge Daesh propaganda. The UK is also working to stop terrorists exploiting online platforms and pushing tech companies to crack down harder on extremist online content through the G7 and the Global Anti-Corruption Internet Forum. terrorism.

Around the world, unmanned aerial systems are being used to sow terror. The UK is funding new technology to combat these drones and prevent terrorists from misusing them.

During the visit, the Foreign Secretary announced a new collaboration between the UK and India through British International Investment. This included £11m of UK funding invested in Kinara Capital, a female-led fintech company. British International Investment is designed to strengthen business ties with our partners and generate economic growth, benefiting the UK and creating jobs at home.

He also announced a £22m investment from the UK-backed Neev II Fund in Hygenco, which will help India’s green energy transition by pioneering green hydrogen.

The Foreign Secretary is due to meet India’s External Affairs Minister Jaishankar today to discuss the latest on the 2030 Roadmap, the landmark commitment to boost cooperation between the UK and India over the of the next decade.

Notes to editors:

  • More information about the UNSC event can be found here
  • Kinara Capital is a digital lender that helps small entrepreneurs access finance to drive economic development and job creation in India. The investment is $12.5 million by British International Investment (BII).
  • Hygenco is a pioneer in green hydrogen technology. The £22m investment comes from the FCDO-backed Neev II fund in partnership with State Bank of India.

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