Indonesia to lead security talks at ASEAN-EU meeting



Indonesia is set to lead talks on global security, including addressing issues related to terrorism and extremism, at the upcoming ASEAN-European Union Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok, which will be held on Oct. 13-14, an official has said.

Southeast Asia’s largest economy will be the lead speaker at the forum on security issues to share its experiences, Foreign Ministry’s ASEAN political-security cooperation director, Chandra Widya Yudha, said on Thursday. Indonesia will also exchange lessons learned with participating countries in response to the challenges presented by rising terrorist activities across Southeast Asia and Europe.

“What we hope is that there is an exchange of intelligence, and how to use it toward more effective cooperation, so that it can really be relied upon to fight the challenges of terrorism,” Chandra said during a press briefing at the ministry’s office in Jakarta.

He expressed the hope that as a lead speaker, Indonesia could be more efficient and effective in tackling terrorism through various cooperation forums, including within organizations, bilaterally, as well as within a multilateral framework, while noting the global nature of the issue.

The meeting, which is conducted once every two years, will produce two documents, Chandra said. The Bangkok Declaration would contain reaffirmation on the cooperation between ASEAN and the EU with statements from both blocs, while the Bangkok Roadmap would contain plans on efforts to elevate the interregional partnership, he added. (rin)


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