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Counter-terrorism: International Cooperation

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the international coalition against terrorism; and if he will make a statement. (322679)

Terrorism is an international problem that requires an international response. Building a coalition is the only effective means by which we will counter it. The Government, therefore, attach great importance to our counter-terrorism work overseas, with both partner Governments and multilateral organisations. Our aim is to share best practice, co-ordinate UK effort bilaterally and multilaterally, ensure we avoid duplication of work and encourage others to take a comprehensive approach to countering the terrorist threat. The response of the international community to the failed Detroit bomb on Christmas Day illustrates the strength and breadth of the coalition against terrorism with January's Yemen meeting convened by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and attended by partners from the region and across the globe, helping to co-ordinate support for the people and Government of Yemen to tackle the threat from al-Qaeda and address its root causes.