World praises Indonesian response to terrorist attack
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The international community has praised the Indonesian government for its handling of the Sarinah terrorist attacks on Thursday and its aftermath.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) applauded the swift response taken by the Indonesian authorities in dealing with the attack.
The UNSC said in a statement that it condemned the attack in the strongest terms while also expressing concerns over the continued threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) movement.
'In light of the recent spate of terrorist attacks around the world, including Cameroon, Turkey, Pakistan and other regions, and recalling recent Security Council press statements including those issued on attacks in Libya on Jan. 7 and in Iraq on Jan. 11, the members of the Security Council expressed serious concern with the continued threat posed to international peace and security by IS, al-Qaeda and associated individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities,' the Security Council said.
ASEAN also commended the Indonesian security forces' swift and courageous actions in responding to the attack.
'ASEAN fully supports the government of Indonesia in bringing the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice and remains united and committed to working with the international community to further intensify its cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever it is committed,' ASEAN foreign ministers said in a statement sent by the ASEAN Secretariat on Friday.
Many countries stated that they were ready to support Indonesia in its fight against terrorism in the wake of the attack.
The US government also voiced its support.
'The US is strongly committed to our strategic partnership with Indonesia and will stand by the government of Indonesia as it works to bring those responsible for this barbaric terrorist attack to justice and build a more secure future,' National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
From Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was shocked and furious upon hearing what had happened in Jakarta. 'These terror acts cannot be tolerated for whatever reason. Therefore we have to condemn them unequivocally,' Abe said in a statement on Friday.
Representing the government and people of Japan, Abe expressed solidarity with the Indonesian government and people. 'My condolences go to those who died and pray that those who were injured recover quickly. Our thoughts and prayers are with President [Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo] and the Indonesian people.'
Meanwhile, the UK has also updated its travel advice for Indonesia to reflect the latest incidents in Jakarta, warning its citizens to avoid the affected area and limit movement around the city.
'The UK utterly condemns these senseless acts of violence [and] will continue to provide support and assistance to [the Indonesian government and people] as they work to defeat those who plan and perpetrate these acts of terror,' UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement posted on a government website on Thursday.
Messages of condolences and sympathy were also sent by the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation.
The Kuala Lumpur-based institution works toward applying perspectives and frameworks of moderation to realize the goal of world peace and harmony, underlining the importance of eradicating extremism wherever it may be. 'We duly take note of the fact that these extreme actions are getting closer and closer to home; hence it is imperative for us to combat extremism wherever it may be.'
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