United States to Host Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the White House announced January 11 that the United States will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington on February 18.

Holder announced the meeting from Paris, where he joined an emergency conference on terrorism in the wake of terrorist attacks in France.

“We must deal not only with holding accountable those people who would perpetrate such heinous acts,” Holder said according to press reports. “We must also deal with underlying causes that cause these things to occur, that somehow radicalize these people to take actions that we all find to be an affront to humanity,” Holder said.

The White House said the meeting will “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.”

The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community, the White House said.

Above, Holder, left, is greeted by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as he arrives for the conference.

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