Date
18 December 2017
Federica Mogherini wants to improve the ability of Europeans to communicate in Arabic. Photo: Reuters
Federica Mogherini wants to improve the ability of Europeans to communicate in Arabic. Photo: Reuters

EU to launch anti-terror projects with Arab states

European states have agreed to launch anti-terror “projects” with Muslim-majority countries in response to Islamist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in France.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made the announcement after talks in Brussels, BBC News reported.

Security officials will be appointed at some EU foreign missions, and Arabic-language abilities will be boosted.

Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in twin attacks in Paris this month. Two of the Paris gunmen had links to groups based in the Middle East and said they were “avenging” cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the magazine. 

The EU’s 28 foreign ministers met in Brussels before a summit of leaders on 12 February.

After the meeting, Mogherini said projects will be established together with Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria and Gulf states.

The EU will step up intelligence-sharing internally and with countries affected by terrorism, she said, and increase efforts to prevent funding for terrorist networks.

The report quoted Mogherini as saying: “I want immediately to improve our communication with the Arab-speaking populations both within the EU and in the world.

“We need to improve our capacity to speak Arabic, to write in Arabic and to listen to the messages that are coming from the Arab world.”

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