Need to starve terrorists of finance and new technologies: UK

The international community must work together to “starve” terrorists of finance and new technology to stop destruction around the world, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Saturday.

Addressing the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting in Delhi, Cleverly also called on countries to fight “online” terrorism, including global terrorist recruitment campaigns.

The British Foreign Secretary also said that Britain’s counter-terrorism partnership with India is hugely important.

“In two decades, terrorists have gone from spreading crackling voice recordings from the depths of Tora Bora to global online recruitment and smear campaigns to live-streaming attacks,” he said.

“Online incitement has radicalized vulnerable people in distant lands who have used rental cars as weapons of terror,” Cleverly said.

The Secretary of State stressed the need to continue working together as one to combat terrorist ideologies and that the international community must “starve” terrorists of the finance and new technologies that will cause death and destruction around the world.

“The threat of terrorism has not gone away. We know that a repressive response will only make the problem worse,” he said.

“And if we are to keep our people safe, we must uphold human rights and continue to work together, with industry and all parts of our communities, to discredit hate narratives, counter radicalization and infiltrate networks to thwart plots and terrorists’ finances and… to starve out the emerging technologies they would use to harm us,” he said.

India, in its capacity as Chair, hosted the meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee.

While the first day’s meeting took place in Mumbai, the second day’s deliberations took place in Delhi.

Clever also attended the Mumbai meeting.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Cleverly also held a bilateral meeting.

“Pleased to welcome UK Foreign Secretary @JamesCleverly on his first visit to India; shortly after our meeting in New York last month. took note of the progress made in our 2030 roadmap. also discussed Ukraine conflict and Indo-Pacific,” Jaishankar tweeted.

For his part, Cleverly described India as a strong voice on the international stage and a key partner for the UK.

“India is a strong voice on the international stage and an important partner for the UK. Had a positive and productive meeting with @DrSJaishankar. We discussed working together on trade, investment, defense and security to improve the lives and livelihoods of our citizens,” he tweeted.

Separately, the UK High Commission said the UK Counter Daesh Communication Cell is working in partnership with the US and UAE governments to challenge Daesh propaganda.

The UK is also working to stop terrorists from exploiting online platforms and getting tech companies to crack down on extremist content online through the G7 and the Global Internet Forum to fight terrorism. Unmanned aerial systems are being used all over the world to spread terror. The UK is funding new technology to combat these drones and stop terrorists abusing them, the High Commission said.

During the visit, the British Foreign Secretary announced further UK-India cooperation through British International Investment.

That included £11million of UK funds invested in Kinara Capital, a women-led fintech firm, the High Commission said.

British International Investment aims to strengthen trade relations with British partners and generate economic growth.

The High Commission said Cleverly has also announced a £22m investment from the UK-backed Neev II fund in Hygenco, which will support India’s green energy transition through pioneering green hydrogen.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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