- Title: South East Asian nations commit to counter-terrorism cooperation
- Date: 29th July 2017
- Summary: MANADO, NORTH SULAWESI PROVINCE, INDONESIA (JULY 29, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** EXTERIOR OF HOTEL WHERE THE MEETING TOOK PLACE SIGN READING (English) "FOUR POINTS" MEDIA PREPARING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE INDONESIAN COORDINATING MINISTER FOR POLITICAL, LEGAL AND SECURITY AFFAIRS, WIRANTO, AND AUSTRALIA'S ATTORNEY-GENERAL, GEORGE BRANDIS, ENTERING ROOM / STANDING AT LECTERNS WIRANTO AND BRANDIS STANDING AT LECTERNS (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL, GEORGE BRANDIS, SAYING: "We have agreed on a series of specific measures to enhance cooperation, to expand information sharing, to enable us to learn from one another in fields as CBE programmes, law reform, the management of terrorist prisons and other fields as well." WIRANTO AND BRANDIS STANDING AT LECTERNS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN COORDINATING MINISTER FOR POLITICAL, LEGAL AND SECURITY AFFAIRS, WIRANTO, SAYING: "We therefore need to expand our cooperation in counter-terrorism with other countries in the Sulu Ocean region to face what we know as the return of ISIS (Islamic State) to build a base in South East Asia." CAMERAMEN FILMING FLAGS WIRANTO AND BRANDIS SHAKING HANDS AND EXITING ROOM
- Embargoed: 12th August 2017 14:05
- Keywords: South East Asian countries counter-terrorism cooperation; Islamic State ASEAN nations ASEAN security
- Location: MANADO, NORTH SULAWESI PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: MANADO, NORTH SULAWESI PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RRRFWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Representatives from four Southeast Asian nations, Australia and New Zealand met in the Indonesian city of Manado on Saturday (July 29) to devise a response to the increased danger posed by Islamic State.
Speaking at a news conference following the sub-regional meeting, Australia's Attorney General George Brandis announced a greater commitment by countries in the area to coordinate their response to the growing threat, highlighted by the occupation of parts of the southern Philippines city of Marawi by militants owing allegiance to the group.
About 20 Islamist fighters from Indonesia are believed by counter-terrorism authorities to be fighting in Marawi, a predominantly Muslim city on the Philippines island of Mindanao, which has been a hotbed of Islamist unrest for decades and a magnet for militants from around the region.
While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the multilateral regional forum made up of 10 nations, has long had a framework for cooperation on combating violent extremism, analysts and officials say coordination has been poor.
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