Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | 04:04 WIB

Indonesia, Australia Strengthen Cooperation on Counter-Terrorism

Indonesia, Australia Strengthen Cooperation on Counter-Terrorism (bnpt)

YOGYAKARTA, NNC - Indonesia has re-established the cooperation with Australia through the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT). The re-establishing of the cooperation was conducted through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Yogyakarta on Friday (07/12).

This collaboration is expected to have a significant impact on the relations between the two countries in tackling terrorism and violence-based extremism.

The signing of the MoU was carried out by Chief of BNPT Police Commissioner General Suhardi Alius and Ambassador to the Control of Terrorism Australia, Paul Folley. The MoU signing was also witnessed by representatives of institutions related to counter-terrorism in Indonesia, including BIN, Coordinating Ministry of Law and Human Rights, PPATK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Attorney General's Office, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, TNI , and Densus 88.

Suhardi said the signing was an extension of bilateral cooperation with Australia that had been carried out in 2015.

"Today, we extend bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Australia as well as exchanging information and views related to counter-terrorism in each country," he said.

Suhardi continued that prevention factors are preferred over law enforcement factors, so information exchange between the two countries is needed involving various ministries and institutions. This will greatly help both countries in the prevention and identification of terrorism networks.

"There is no country that is immune to terrorism. Therefore, we need cooperation both bilaterally, regionally and globally, and we have done this together with Australia," he said.

The meeting also discussed several agendas, including the national strategy to counter terrorism, the latest Indonesian Terrorism Law, countering violence-based extremism, and terrorism funding.

Meanwhile, Paul Folley revealed that the relationship between Indonesia and Australia has gone well, and has reached the level of comprehensive strategic cooperation.

"Through this discussion we exchanged experiences, and we both agreed that we need a comprehensive approach to counter terrorism involving the public and the government," Folley said.

On this occasion, Paul Folley as chairman of the Australian delegation also congratulated Indonesia on the adoption of the new Anti-Terrorism Law. He hopes that under the auspices of the Law the cooperation between the two countries will be stronger so that they can continue to safeguard Indonesia, Australia and the surrounding region safely from the threat of terrorism.