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Six Countries Agree to Fight Against Terrorism

Radicalism and terrorism are now the common enemy of the world community. Various terrorism acts that have occurred in Indonesia as well as in other countries show an increase in the spread of terror. Radicalism, especially applied by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is said to be responsible in many terror acts in the world. In reaction, resistance to the spread of radical teachings echoes everywhere through the efforts of deradicalisation.

Cross-country terror action raises the need for a shared commitment in the fight against radical action. Various countries have issued statements ready to cooperate within the framework of the war on terrorism. In addition the role of media is also needed in encouraging the spread of deradicalization efforts.

This what is done by Indonesia with countries in the waters of Sulu, namely Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines. In a meeting of Sub Regional on Foreign Terrorism and Cross Terrorism on Saturday (29/7/2017), in Manado, North Sulawesi, the six countries agreed to jointly overcome terrorism.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto in his press statement stated that the meeting in Manado was a follow up of the international meeting on counter terrorism, and the high-level conference on terrorist financing, which was conducted in Bali in 2016. This meeting, according to the Minister was to respond to the developing situation and threats in the region and international caused by cross country terrorism.

The meeting of the six countries is a right step in coping with and combating terrorism. Especially to strengthen cooperation, so that these countries become more focused in responding to the latest development of security issues in the sub-region of the Sulu Sea and Sulawesi Sea. Through the cooperation, the six countries will advance the partnership in intelligence information and IT system development in the field of intelligence.

The upheaval in Marawi, the Philippines, with Maute terror group affiliated with ISIS, is certainly a threat and will have an impact on extremism act in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. All countries in Southeast Asia agree to reject their countries as as ISIS's new base.

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