Extremism stems from repressive states, not Western policy, says UK's Johnson


LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Repressive states are to blame for breeding terrorism, Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson will say on Thursday, in a speech defending Western foreign policy and denouncing Islamist extremism.

Britain suffered four deadly attacks in London and Manchester between March and June this year that killed 36 people, and on Wednesday a man appeared in court accused of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Speaking to diplomats and experts at the Foreign Office in London, Johnson will call for better engagement with Muslim populations worldwide and argue that blaming Western intervention for the rise of Islamist extremism plays into the jihadi narrative, according to a briefing note issued by the Foreign Office.

He will say that Islamist jihadism can have the "addictive power of crack cocaine".

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