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PM: Corruption to be 'at top of international agenda'

David Cameron said corruption fuels terrorism Credit: PA

David Cameron will put tackling corruption at the "top of the international agenda", he said ahead of a London summit on the issue.

The international anti-corruption summit - the first of its kind - is aimed at exposing, punishing and drive out global corruption.

Prior to the summit, the Prime Minister described corruption as "the root of so many of the world's problems".

Among those he cited corruption as fuelling terrorism.

World leaders attending the summit include the presidents Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg.

Mr Cameron hopes that countries will sign a global declaration committing them to tackling corruption, ensuring it is not allowed to fester in institutions, businesses or communities and supporting people affected by it.

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resigned over the Panama Paper leaks Credit: Reuters

The summit was planned before the Panama Papers leaks revealed details of tax-dodging schemes used by wealthy individuals, political figures and companies, but the revelations have added pressure to act.

Campaigners have called for a crackdown on tax havens linked to the United Kingdom and Downing Street said it expected "a number" of overseas territories to attend.

Corruption is an enemy of progress and the root of so many of the world's problems.

It destroys jobs and holds back economic growth, traps the poorest in desperate poverty, and undermines our security by pushing people towards extremist groups.

The battle against corruption will not be won overnight.

It will take time, courage and determination to deliver the reforms that are necessary.

But we cannot hope to solve the major global challenges we face without tackling the exploitation, fraud and dishonesty at their heart.

For too long there has been a taboo about tackling this issue head on. The summit will change that.

Together we will push the fight against corruption to the top of the international agenda where it belongs.

– David Cameron