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Indonesia committed to counterterrorism as major priority

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, January 8, 2016 | 06:49 am
Indonesia committed to counterterrorism as major priority

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Indonesia will remain committed to countering terrorism and extremism in 2016, aiming to intensify information sharing at the international level, a government official said on Thursday.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said that following Indonesia'€™s active role in countering terrorism and extremism in 2015, the government aimed to increase its efforts by cooperating with other countries.

'€œWe aim to intensify cooperation with friendly countries in information sharing, both on intelligence and regulations or laws,'€ Arrmanatha told thejakartapost.com.

Arrmanatha said Indonesia could take examples from other countries'€™ laws that were stricter and more developed in addressing terrorism and radicalism.

While issues of counterterrorism and extremism would be brought up in bilateral meetings between Indonesia and other countries, according to Arrmanatha, the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and other national security authorities would also play a greater part at the regional level to address terrorism this year.

Also on Thursday, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia had actively contributed to initiating and hosting a number of summits and forums that aimed to address counterterrorism and extremism issues at the global level in 2015.

For example, Indonesia cochaired the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) with Australia, contributed to the Leaders'€™ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism '€” regarding the Islamic State (IS) movement, also known as ISIL '€” and held interfaith dialogues with Serbia, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.