EU, Arab League join forces against jihadi threat

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Photo - Britain's Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugh Robertson arrives at an EU-Arab league Foreign Ministers summit, in Athens, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Britain's Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugh Robertson arrives at an EU-Arab league Foreign Ministers summit, in Athens, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — European Union and Arab League countries have agreed to cooperate against the terrorism threat posed by radicalized foreign fighters returning home from conflicts in the Middle East.

At a meeting Wednesday in Athens, foreign ministers from the two groups said "joint cooperation" was needed to counteract terrorism.

A joint statement said the counterterrorism efforts would also address radicalization, recruitment and travel of foreign fighters — and "dealing with" fighters who return home.

The meeting follows a deadly attack on a Jewish Museum in Belgium last month by a suspected jihadi.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said 2,000 European citizens are believed to have joined extremist Muslim groups fighting Syria's government. Many European authorities fear home-grown jihadists will return home with skills and the will to carry out attacks.

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