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Terrorism agenda as G7 interior ministers meet in Paris


tiamin rice

Combating terrorism was set to be top of the agenda on Thursday and Friday as interior ministers from the G7 group of major Western powers and Japan meet in Paris.

The ministers as well as top security and migration officials from the EU were set to evaluate the current level of the terrorist threat in their countries, according to the French hosts.

Top officials from Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will also attend evening session on combatting use of the internet for terrorist purposes.

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Three European members of the G7, Germany, France and Britain, have called on the European Commission to propose EU laws to enforce the rapid removal of terrorist content from the internet.

The ministers were also set to discuss how to deal with foreign fighters with the Islamic State extremist group and their family members who have surrendered to Kurdish-led forces in Syria.

Amid a partial withdrawal by the Kurds’ main backer, the U.S., the future of the de facto autonomous territory where the fighters and their relatives are being held is in doubt.

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The first working session, though, will be about illegal migration, with the interior ministers of Niger and Burkina Faso joining the G7 ministers for a working lunch.

The G7 is made up of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S., with the EU also attending its meetings.

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