“The US is an enormous influence. The soft power of the US is something that, it is clear in culture, in art, in many other aspects. And so what happens in the US inevitably has a strong influence in other parts of the world,” Guterres told CNN’s Jim Sciutto in an interview Friday.
“And so this kind of natural leadership creates a particular responsibility for United States leaders and for the American communities because indeed what happens here is known everywhere and inevitably reflects in other parts of the world,” he added.
Guterres, however, praised the “fantastic demonstrations of anti-racism” in the US and the young activists leading those demonstrations.
“This is something that really must mobilize us all,” Guterres told CNN on Friday. “It is a cause for us all that believe in universal values, that believe in human fraternity and human dignity.”
He warned that international cooperation between extremist groups is becoming “very extensive.”
“I think there is permanent intercommunication, there are even mechanisms of mutual recruitment, mutual influence and at the same time we see some of these groups recruiting war veterans, recruiting former members of security forces, having weapons, and becoming a threat to our societies, and in the international sense,” he said.
Guterres also offered that to address the issue, “we need to promote our values” and “invest economically, socially, culturally in social cohesion.” He called for law enforcement and judicial systems to be trained to address these issues and “make sure that those that misbehave are held accountable.”