Western hemisphere countries call for efforts to prevent terrorism

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-20 11:33:50|Editor: Xiang Bo
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BUENOS AIRES, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Participants of the Second Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial called for efforts to prevent terrorist acts, according to a joint statement released on Friday at the end of the event.

Conference attendees "condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and whatever its motivations might be, emphasizing that it constitutes a threat to the peace and security of the countries and the international community," the statement said.

The member countries also agreed that "the efforts in the fight against terrorism and terrorism financing, both in the scope of individual and collective responses, must be carried out ... in compliance with international law."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his opening speech that terrorism is a real threat to the Western hemisphere and called for sharing experiences and information.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie also said that terrorism constitutes a global threat which is always translated into "suffering and a gut-wrenching grief."

"The fight against terrorism relies on multilateral cooperation, relies on the fact that we are all informed and alert and share solutions to eradicate this bloody phenomenon," he said.

The third such conference will be held in Colombia next year, he added.