Middle East and African states must help Europe fight terror

Muslim states must try and talk to conservative clerics, not jail or torture them

One of the Borough Market attackers: Governments in the Middle East and North Africa must engage the conservative Muslim clerics within their own borders – the individuals responsible for filling young people’s heads with hatred. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AP

One of the Borough Market attackers: Governments in the Middle East and North Africa must engage the conservative Muslim clerics within their own borders – the individuals responsible for filling young people’s heads with hatred. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AP

Europe’s ties with governments in the Middle East and North Africa are commonly viewed through the prism of multimillion-euro arms deals or criticism of the latter’s collective human rights records. If Europe wants to end the terrorist threat that has shocked the continent, however, a new relationship, one that pushes for deradicalisation in the Middle East, must be forged.

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