Bali process member countries must unite to fight terrorism: Marsudi

"We strongly condemn terror acts, and let us unite in fighting terrorism," the Indonesian foreign minister said.
Nusa Dua (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi has called on all Bali Process member countries to unite in the fight against terrorism.

"We strongly condemn terror acts, and let us unite in fighting terrorism," she stated before officially opening the Sixth Bali Process Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and Related Transnational Crime here on Wednesday.

Marsudi expressed her sympathy and condolences to the Belgian government, people, and families of the victims of the Brussels attacks.

Terror attacks have increased and become a global threat, therefore international and regional cooperation is needed for early detection and surveillance through the Interpol and other relevant organizations, Marsudi noted.

The minister urged Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium Yuri Thamrin on March 22 to obtain information on the latest situation and the condition of Indonesian citizens in Brussels.

Belgian public broadcaster VRT raised the death toll of Tuesdays twin attacks in Brussels to 34, with 20 people killed in the blast in a metro train and 14 in the explosions at the airport, Reuters reported.

Two explosions tore through Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning, and a blast struck a metro station in the capital shortly afterwards.

The blasts at the airport and metro station occurred four days after the arrest in Brussels of a suspected terrorist involved in the November terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.(*)