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    The security summit is to be held on February 18 in light of the assault on France by jihadists earlier this week which resulted in the death of 17 victims.

    MOSCOW, January 11 (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama will invite allies to a security summit in Washington to try to prevent violent extremism, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sunday after meeting his European counterparts in Paris, reports Reuters.

    The security summit is to be held in light of the assault on France by jihadists earlier this week which resulted in the death of 17 victims.

    "On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement, as reported by Politico.

    In the similar context French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that European interior ministers had agreed to increase cooperation in an effort to prevent further jihadist attacks.

    "We all agree that we need to put in place better control on certain passengers, on the basis of objective criteria and with respect for fundamental liberties and without disrupting cross-border travel," he said.

    The minister stressed that Europe needed urgent progress to establish a European Passenger Name Record database, which would enable the exchange of data of passengers between member states, reported by Reuters.

    "We are convinced of the need for such a tool, to follow those who travel to terrorist operating theaters or who return from there," he said, adding that this database would also be useful in the fight against other serious crimes.

    He further said that they need to work more closely with Internet corporations to assure the reporting and if possible removal of all content that amounts to an apology of terrorism or calls for violence and hatred.


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