President Jokowi urged to be wary in defining terrorism

President Jokowi urged to be wary in defining terrorism

Meutya Hafidz (ANTARA FOTO/Yudhi Mahatma)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - House of Representatives (DPR) Commission-I Deputy Chairperson Meutya Hafid has urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to adopt a cautious approach while defining the meaning of terrorism during his speech at the US-ASEAN Summit.

"The definition of terrorism for the United States and ASEAN is different, and President Jokowi should explain it as Indonesia is a Muslim majority country," Meutya stated when contacted on Friday.

She noted that the president should shed light on it as the definition of terrorism in Indonesia is different from the perspective of Western nations, which associate it with a particular religion.

Meutya said President Jokowi should be able to clarify that terrorism is an act of terror and is not associated with any specific religion.

"Terrorism is defined as an act of terror, and it is not associated with a particular religion as perceived by Western countries," she affirmed.

Meutya added that President Jokowi must be careful, lest the US-ASEAN forum forms an opinion that Islam is associated with terrorism.

She said President Jokowi should present his own perspective while defining terrorism at the US-ASEAN Summit on February 15-16, 2016.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US President Barack Obama has appointed President Jokowi to be the lead speaker at a session in the US-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, California.

Obama has urged President Jokowi to be the main speaker at the summit on terrorism due to Indonesias success in handling the terrorist attack that occurred on January 14, 2016, in Jakarta.