U.K. Spends $7.5 Million on Commonwealth Counter-Extremism Unit

  • Money intended to help smaller countries fight radicalization
  • Grouping of former British colonies meets in Malta for summit

Prime Minister David Cameron said the U.K. will put 5 million pounds ($7.5 million) toward a counter-extremism unit to work in the countries that make up the Commonwealth.

The money, to be paid over five years, will help fund a team to work with smaller countries that are struggling to fight terrorism.

Arriving in Malta for the start of a two-day summit with the leaders of 52 countries that mostly used to be part of the British empire, the prime minister called for more cooperation on fighting radicalization.

“The fight against extremism is something that affects us all,” Cameron said in an e-mailed statement. “The Commonwealth has a vital role to play in broadening international efforts to counter extremism. Its civil society and education networks make it particularly well placed to complement international efforts to build counter-narratives to this poisonous extremist ideology.”