Britain’s May gets support from G7 on fight against terrorism

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:36 GMT, May 27, 2017 |

British Prime Minister Theresa May won support from the world’s major industrialised nations on Friday (May 26) for measures to tackle extremism and kept the spotlight off Brexit and its possible effects on world trade.

Leaders at a G7 meeting in Italy signed a joint statement to “combat the misuse of the Internet by terrorists”, backing efforts to make technology companies do more to crack down on what May called “the hateful ideology” of Islamic State.

May’s government has also been “irritated” about intelligence leaks by U.S. officials on the investigation into a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, Britain’s worst attack since 2005. After raising her concerns with U.S. President Donald Trump at a meeting on the sidelines of the summit, she said she had been assured that he found the leaks unacceptable and that the Manchester police were again cooperating with their counterparts in the United States.

Britain’s European divorce lingered in the background and came up in bilateral talks. A French source said France and Britain had agreed to maintain close economic, security and diplomatic ties.