NEWSROOM (ADV) – Algeria’s Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel on Tuesday said that drying up financial resources of terrorist groups is still a major challenge for the international community.
Messahel made the remarks at the second meeting of the West Africa Working Group of the Global Counterterrorism Forum held in Algiers.
This group is chaired alternately by Algeria and Canada.
The forum was opened by Messahel, with the participation of David Dreke, special advisor on Counter-terrorism, Organised Crime and Intelligence in the Canadian Foreign Ministry.
In his opening notes, Messahel urged for deeper international coordination to dry up financial source of terrorist groups.
The minister said terrorists have raised huge sums of money from trafficking drugs and arms under cooperation with trans-border organized crime gangs.
These huge sums of money are used by terrorists to recruit new elements, said Messahel.
The meeting is attended by more than 100 experts in the fields of prevention, combating terrorism and violent extremism.
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