The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is calling for a regional geostrategic cooperation through joint security exercises to fight terrorism, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.
The proposal was tabled by Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu at the 17th Asia Security Summit on Saturday. The minister said terrorism was a real threat for countries in the region, together with other transnational crimes and natural disasters.
"Such cooperation can take the forms of joint security operations for maritime security, security intelligence information sharing and a cooperation program to face emergencies," he told participants of the summit, better known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.
He said it was high time for nations to implement recommendations from various forums and discussions on terrorism threats.
Ryamizard said the region already had various modalities in regional security architecture, which could be further developed to tackle terrorism, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM), the ADMM Plus, the Raisina Dialogue, the Putrajaya Forum and the Tokyo Defense Forum.
"Those modalities are more than enough as our guidelines to crush terrorism," he said.
Ryamizard also said there was a need to recalibrate the security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region to allow countries to answer challenges and to respond to threats in a correct and proportionate manner. (evi)