APP37-28 MALTA: November 28 - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arriving at the Retreat Session of 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Fort St. Angelo, Vittorisa. APP

BIRGU, Malta, Nov 28 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday attended a retreat session on the second day of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that focused the agenda of `Violent Extremism and Radicalization’.
The session held at the 14th Century Saint Angelo Fort situated in Malta’s historic city of Birgu, also known as Vittoriosa, gathered the world leaders to delve upon the issue of
radicalization and find solutions to it.
The CHOGM leaders focused on the current global security
challenges, and the suite of domestic, regional and international
policy responses required to counter extremism.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in an informal interaction with
other heads of government, conveyed Pakistan’s strong condemnation of
terrorist activities whether committed by individuals, groups or
states resulting in violence or threat of violence.
The Prime Minister apprised other leaders that Pakistan was
also cooperating with international community to deal with militancy
and fully implemented the United Nations Security Council Sanction regimes
against terrorism.
He also expressed support for international efforts to counter
the threats posed by Islamic State and to deal with the phenomenon of foreign terrorists.
The session was attended by heads of government, including
Malta’s Joseph Muscat, Britain’s David Cameron, Australia’s Justin
Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande and other representatives
from 53 member states.
The leaders shared views on promoting global partnerships
between the Commonwealth and other like-minded organizations
pursuing similar agendas and stressed upon the states to invest in
preventive measures to protect their citizens from threat of
violence extremism.