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Foreign aid cash to fight terror: Theresa May diverts BILLIONS to tackle global chaos

THERESA May pledged to divert millions from foreign aid to tackling the migrant crisis and fighting terrorism.

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Around £20million of the aid budget will be spent on returning refugees to Somalia


Speaking at a summit in New York last night, the Prime Minister said a new approach must be found to deal with the root causes fuelling extremism and driving mass population movements.Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in her first major foreign policy statement, Mrs May warned that uncontrolled migration was one of the biggest challenges of modern times.

She said international action was needed to address the bloody conflicts behind huge surges in refugees.

And she signalled her determination to lead the way by announcing that hundreds of British troops are to be sent to Somalia to train local forces battling the murderous Al Shabaab Islamist terror group.Britain is to set up a new military HQ in the Somali capital Mogadishu and will increase the number of British Army training teams working with local forces from around 12 to up to 30.

Hundreds of British troops are likely to be involved, although the total number in Somalia at any one time will be limited to a maximum 70.

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Theresa May promised millions would be spent on tackling the migrant crisis and fighting terrorism


Across the world today, there are 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced

Theresa May

An extra £660million from Britain’s annual £12billion aid budget is to be spent on supporting refugees in Syria and Lebanon in the current year, raising the total spent to £1.5billion.Around £20million from the aid budget will be spent on returning refugees to Somalia.

The Government has helped 12,000 Somali migrants return home over the last year.

And a further £80million will be spent on establishing new industrial zones in neighbouring Eritrea to create 100,000 jobs and build the economy.In her keynote speech, Mrs May told world leaders that the migration crisis “affects all of us and it is the responsibility of us all to take action”.

She added: “We cannot ignore this challenge or let it go unmanaged.”

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Britain is to set up a new military HQ in Somali capital Mogadishu


The Prime Minister said: “Across the world today, there are 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced.“That is equivalent to the entire population of the UK.

“It is an unprecedented figure, one that has almost doubled in a decade.”

She said UN and world leaders need to do more to stop third world countries collapsing into failed states and sending millions of refugees fleeing.

“As the second largest bi-lateral provider of assistance, the UK remains fully committed to playing a leading role,” Mr May said.Government officials in New York yesterday unveiled the new package of aid and military support to try to prevent a new slide into chaos in Somalia.

Diplomats fear the war-torn Marxist state in East Africa is “at a crossroads”.

They fear an upsurge in violence by Al Shabaab, the group behind the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya in 2013.

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Theresa May urged that countries should take control of their own borders


A British Government official said: “What we are seeing here is the Prime Minister setting out the importance of delivering on root causes.The more we do early on overseas, the better we can protect people at home.”

Britain is to host an international conference next year to try to engage world leaders in stopping the country sliding into a bloody new conflict.

Mrs May said: “It is vital that as an international community we continue to support countries in the region that are contributing thousands of troops, and that we continue to build the capacity of Somali security forces.

“That is why the UK is now going to increase further our security support and we will be calling on others to do the same.”Turning to migration, she told the summit: “Countries have to be able to exercise control over their borders.

“Failure to do so erodes public confidence, fuels international crime, damages economies and reduces resources for those who genuinely need protection and whose rights under the Refugee Convention should be fulfilled.”

She added: “We need a better approach to managing economic migration. One which recognises all countries have a right to control their borders.

“And we must commit to accepting the return of our nationals who have no right to remain elsewhere.

“By ensuring a managed and controlled international migration response we can achieve better outcomes for all of our citizens – especially those who are the most vulnerable.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/712720/foreign-aid-cash-fight-terror-theresa-may-diverts-billions-tackle-global-chaos

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