Discussing terrorism: Chairman of the Counter Terrorism Task Force, Harry Purwanto (center) talks with two US delegation members on the sidelines of the second Senior Officials Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (SOM 2 APEC) in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday. Terrorism was one of issues discussed in the meeting. [JP/Indra Harsaputra]
An expert says that Indonesia has been praised by international institutions, including the Russian Intelligence Agency (FSB), as a country in Asia that has become a reference point in the fight against terrorism across the world.
Chairman of the Counter Terrorism Task Force, Harry Purwanto, said on Sunday that Indonesia was considered a country with a lot of experience in the fight against terrorism ranging from cyber terrorism to radicalism.
“The FSB and several financial and property institutions in countries across the world want to draw on experience from Indonesia in tackling terrorism in their respective countries,” said Harry.
He spoke on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Counter Terrorism Task Force meeting in Surabaya.
At the meeting, he said, participants discussed the capacity of APEC member countries to improve their readiness to deal with threats and also possible partnerships they could create in providing countries assistance with terrorism countermeasures.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry’s director for Asia Pacific and Africa intra-region cooperation, Arto Suryodipuro, said the two-day APEC Terrorism Task Force forum would specifically discuss terrorism funding in Asia Pacific.
“We will detect the flows of money being used to finance trans-border terrorism and how financial institutions make efforts to detect the problem,” said Arto, adding that airport facilities had also become a crucial issue countries needed to pay attention to in tackling terrorism. (ebf)