Julie Bishop discussing counter-terrorism at UN General Assembly

Julie Bishop discussing counter-terrorism at UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says twice as many Australians have traveled to the Middle East to fight alongside terrorist organisations than originally thought, but maintains Australia’s actions to combat extremism are working.

Ms Bishop has made the comments at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where she is taking part in a ministerial meeting on countering terrorism.

It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry has said as many as 30,000 foreign fighters world wide have traveled to Iraq and Syria since 2011.

Ms Bishop says Australia now believes 120 Australians are fighting alongside the Islamic State and other terror groups.

“That is double the number I reported here, two months ago,” she told reports in New York.

“However we have been cancelling passports, we have been successful in a number of interventions through our security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies work.”

“So the numbers are still increasing, but we hope to stem the trajectory through our efforts.”

Ms Bishop has also a delivered a short address at the UN General Assembly this morning, where she has outlined Australia’s plans to tackle extreme poverty, and address climate change.

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