Closer cooperation on fighting terrorism – that is what the G20 heads of state and government have agreed in a joint communiqué in Hamburg. Their working sessions on the first day also addressed trade policy and global growth. This evening’s programme provides for a concert at the Elbphilharmonie, with the Philharmonic State Orchestra.

International terrorism knows no borders and is “a threat to all of us”, said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a statement to the press following the working sessions of the first day of the summit in Hamburg. Terrorism affects both free trade and economic growth. There was a consensus among summit participants that the G20 must address the issue, she reported.

Better information sharing in the fight against terrorism

It has been agreed that the G20 states will cooperate more closely within the framework of the United Nations. It is also important in future to share information far more effectively, stressed the Chancellor. This applies to the work of Interpol, but the data sources of other countries too must be used.

With a view to the financing of terrorism, the work of the Financial Action Task Force must be strengthened, underscored Angela Merkel. More discussion is also needed on how to cap terrorists’ sources of financing more effectively. And the mechanisms of radicalisation must be taken into account in terrorist prevention measures.

Angela Merkel reported that discussions focusing on the internet and terrorism had been “extremely intensive”. The G20 expects providers of online communication platforms to delete terrorist information swiftly, reiterated the Chancellor. Angela Merkel termed the encrypted communication used by terrorists via messenger services a major problem. Where there are grounds for suspicion, she said, it is necessary to have the tools to better monitor terrorists’ communications.