June 17, 2014 / 3:33 PM / 6 years ago

Cameron says foreign fighters in Iraq, Syria most serious threat to UK

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang waves as he leaves Number 10 Downing Street with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, to walk to the Foreign Office in London June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday that British citizens and other nationals fighting alongside Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria posed the biggest threat to Britain’s national security.

“No-one should be in any doubt that what we see in Syria and now in Iraq in terms of ISIS is the most serious threat to Britain’s security that there is today,” Cameron told a joint news conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

“The number of foreign fighters in that area, the number of foreign fighters including those from the UK who could try to return to the UK is a real threat to our country,” he said.

Reporting by William James and Andrew Osborn; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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