BIRGU, Malta: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday attended a retreat session on the second day of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that focused the agenda of `Violent Extremism and Radicalization’.
The session held at the 14th Century Saint Angelo Fort situated in Malta’s historic city of Birgu, also known as Vittoriosa, gathered the world leaders to delve upon the issue of radicalization and find solutions to it.
The CHOGM leaders focused on the current global security challenges, and the suite of domestic, regional and international policy responses required to counter extremism.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in an informal interaction with other heads of government, conveyed Pakistan’s strong condemnation of terrorist activities whether committed by individuals, groups or states resulting in violence or threat of violence.
The Prime Minister apprised other leaders that Pakistan was also cooperating with international community to deal with militancy and fully implemented the United Nations Security Council Sanction regimes against terrorism.
He also expressed support for international efforts to counter the threats posed by Islamic State and to deal with the phenomenon of foreign terrorists.
The session was attended by heads of government, including Malta’s Joseph Muscat, Britain’s David Cameron, Australia’s Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande and other representatives from 53 member states.
The leaders shared views on promoting global partnerships between the Commonwealth and other like-minded organizations pursuing similar agendas and stressed upon the states to invest in preventive measures to protect their citizens from threat of violence extremism.