MANILA, Aug 2 — Foreign ministers and security officials of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are expected to meet again in October in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss further measures to effectively address terrorism and extremism.
Budi Dhewajani, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila, said the Indonesian government will host the next trilateral meeting on security among the three countries in October.
“We are getting very closer and closer to make sure that our region is a safe region. This is important because if we cannot create a safe region, how can we support the business?,” Dhewajani told reporters.
The October meeting is a follow-up one after the three countries held trilateral meeting on security in June here in Manila amid raging fight between government soldiers and the Maute militant in Marawi City.
During their June meeting, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj. Aman agreed to task their senior officials to consider the proposed Plan of Action in the context of measures to enhance effort and cooperation in addressing the root causes and underlying conditions of extremism.
The proposed Plan of Action, which would be reported at their next meeting, also took into account measures to enhance the intelligence and information sharing among all security and intelligence agencies on potential, imminent and real threats; and stop the flow of terrorist financing.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism are high on the agenda of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, as their foreign ministers meet for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) here from August 2 to 8.