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Britain stands 'full square' against terrorism: Brown
January 17, 2007 22:39 IST
Asserting that Britain stands 'full square' against terrorism, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said on Wednesday India and his country would continue to work together in a global effort to combat the menace.
Observing that in recent years, both India and Britain had suffered due to terrorist activities, Brown, tipped to be Tony Blair's successor as the British premier, said, "We stand full square against all terrorism and murderous extremists who practice it."
Quoting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said at the CII's Partnership Summit that both nations would work together 'in a coherent global effort with shared perspectives and commitments to combat terrorism wherever and whenever such attacks take place'.
Brown said globally, Al Qaeda cells were growing in Africa and Asia, with 60 extremist terrorist groups affiliated to or working in a close relationship with Al Qaeda.
Moreover, 5,000 websites inspired by them were highlighting violent methods.
To root out terrorism, Britain, like India, was 'rightly' investing in its military, security forces, police and intelligence services both at home and abroad.
Investment in security had been doubled since the 9/11 terror strikes, he said.
Britain, he said, was now ready to do more to bring together the national and international fight against terrorism, through its military security, intelligence and policing as well as by winning the 'battle of hearts and minds'.
Brown made it clear there could be no place for 'anti-Americanism as we address common challenges on the basis of our shared and enduring values'.