UK ministers talks to Muslim leaders amid concerns over extremist attacks

January 16th, 2009 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan.16 (ANI): British Government ministers have met UK Muslim leaders in the wake of fears that the Gaza conflict could fuel home grown extremism.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Communities Secretary Hazel Blears hosted a summit of council and community leaders and Government agencies.
The Government has a 45 million pound program aimed at challenging radical messages and turning youngsters away from terror.
“I know that concerns are particularly acute for some communities in Britain, which is why the Government has been maintaining a regular dialogue with both members of the British Muslim community and representatives from the Jewish community, The Daily Express quoted Smith, as saying.
“With events in Gaza, it’’s especially important these people are able to tell us what is happening in their communities and we can ensure they are fully up to date on the Government’’s action overseas,” she added.
She said : “The meeting enabled us to listen to concerns but also emphasise the importance of pressing on with work to prevent radicalisation and counter violent extremism in our communities.”
Her comments echo those of MI5 boss Jonathan Evans, who warned that the conflict could give ideological ammunition to extremists. (ANI)

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