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The question of foreign jihadists opens the G7 meeting in Italy

Ⓒ AFP – Andreas Solaro – | French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb in a working session with his G7 counterparts on 20 October 2017 on the Italian island of Ischia

The G7 interior ministers meeting on the Italian island of Ischia on Friday began their talks with a first debate on the terrorist threat of foreign fighters who fled after the collapse of several jihadist bastions in Iraq and Syria.

Following the release of Raqa from the Islamic State (EI) organization in Syria, the world worries about the fate of between 25,000 and 30,000 foreign fighters of the group, forming a trained contingent capable of being spread throughout the planet.

A second working session scheduled late in the morning will address “terrorism” online, in the presence of representatives of four large companies in the sector: Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft.

G7 members – the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan -, an informal group of important economic, political and military countries, hope to achieve a common commitment on this issue before the final declaration of the summit, which will be held in the early afternoon.

“Our objective is a great alliance between governments and Internet service providers. We have to find a way to intervene without questioning the great democratic openness allowed by social networks and access to the internet,” he said Thursday the Italian minister, Marco Minniti.

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