Member countries from Asean and the European Union praised Indonesia’s counterterrorism policies during a ministerial meeting in Bangkok, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday (15/10).
“The Asean-EU partnerships are essential for strengthening, especially in the efforts of battling terrorism and extremism through concrete cooperation between the parties,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in the statement.
Retno led the partnership discussion on facing global security challenges, including on counterterrorism, de-radicalization, illegal-migrations and human trafficking.
On counterterrorism, the minister said multilateral and bilateral partnerships should be strengthened, with a focus on anti-terror skill development and the mainstreaming of education programs.
Indonesia’s counterterrorism policies were noted by a number of EU countries for the focus on tolerance.
The Asean-EU partnership will become particularly important for maritime cooperation, the government said. Likewise, Indonesia pressed the need to address transnational crime, including human trafficking and illegal drugs and weapons trade.
The meeting produced the Bangkok Declaration as the Asean-EU’s foundation and commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships.
Retno met with foreign ministers from eight EU member countries at the sidelines of the meeting: the Netherlands, Denmark, Luxembourg, Latvia, Italy, Lithuania, France and Poland.