High-level regional conference to address the threat of foreign terrorist fighters

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CAIRO, Egypt

A high level meeting will be held in Egypt to discuss the threat of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and how they can combat it.

The conference will attract Parliamentarians from 16 countries both from the Middle East and North Africa.

It will focus mainly on the continued threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

Further, the conference will aim to improve parliamentary cooperation and the exchange of relevant experiences and good practices; get views from parliamentarians on the challenges in implementing United Nations resolutions; contribute to establishing a Global Parliamentary Network on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism; and raise MPs’ awareness of recent developments related to foreign terrorist fighters.

The conference is funded by the European Union and is jointly organized by the IPU, the House of Representatives of Egypt, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.

It is a part of the activities of the joint IPU-UNODC-UNOCT Programme, which seeks to support Parliaments in implementing international counter-terrorism instruments and obligations and provide them with the necessary tools and training to do so as guided IPU High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

Recently, a report released by the UN estimated that around 40,000 FTFs from 110 countries travelled to join the conflicts in Syria and Iraq in 2017 alone. However, with the defeat of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), FTFs are opting to either return to their countries of origin or relocate elsewhere.