Med nations to boost cooperation against Islamist radicalism

Ten Mediterranean nations — including France, Italy, Algeria and Libya — on Thursday pledged greater cooperation in the fight against Islamic radicalism and illegal immigration during talks in Spain. The vow came at the close of a meeting of defence ministers in the southern city of Granada from the so-called 5+5 initiative set up in 2004 to boost cooperation in security matters among 10 nations from around the Mediterranean. In a joint statement they promised to “work with a renewed strength” to “tackle the security changes that we face, in particular illegal immigration, organised crime and terrorism”. The 5+5 initiative also includes Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Malta.

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