Five-nation security group resumes counter-terror talks

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials and four other countries' security officials met in London on Friday to continue discussions about how to handle violent extremists and other issues. | Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Officials from five countries met at Lancaster House on Friday in London to continue discussions about national security, organized crime and other issues.

Those in attendance included Jeh Johnson, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security; Theresa May, home secretary for the United Kingdom; Christopher Finlayson, attorney general for New Zealand; George Brandis, attorney general for Australia; and Steven Blaney, Canada's public safety minister.

The five officials met in Monterey, California, in 2013 and continued work on security issues. The group discussed numerous issues, including counter-terrorism, online threats, information sharing and foreign fighters, focusing primarily on those traveling to join terrorist organizations in Syria.

All of the officials agreed that a sustainable and aggressive approach should be taken to deal with the security challenges, and looked to work with different private companies that provide services related to that idea.

The countries will look to collaborate on how to counter violent extremism, and will share information regarding different approaches on the effectiveness of different prevention and intervention efforts.

“The ministers also discussed information sharing, when appropriate and in accordance with relevant domestic and international laws, on travelers who could pose a threat to the Five Countries’ national security or interests,” the U.S Department of Homeland Security said.

The group will meet again in Canada sometime next year.

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