Indonesia to discuss ISIS prevention with Malaysia, Philippines

"Later I will meet with all, with Malaysia and the Philippines at Shangri La Dialogue. We will discuss how the three countries would overcome it (ISIS)," Ryacudu said.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu said here on Wednesday Indonesia would discuss measures to prevent spread of ISIS in Southeast with the givernments of Malaysia and the Philippines.

"Later I will meet with all, with Malaysia and the Philippines at Shangri La Dialogue. We will discuss how the three countries would overcome it (ISIS)," he said at his office.

He explained Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have so far cooperated in the field of security including in regional patrolling to deal with pirates in the borders of the three countries.

He said the emergence of current threat in the form of terrorism movement by an armed radical group that has disrupted peace in Southeast Asia must seriously be overcome by the three countries.

Moreover, it is suspected that South Philippines has been targeted to become the next ISIS base, he said.

"If the group in the Philippines spreads, then what will be the anticipation?. Bilateral meetings are very useful," he said.

Minister Ryamizard said he would seriously communicate with the Philippines with regard to providing assistance in case that country of President Rodigro Duterte would need it.

"There are issues that can be very sensitive but the Philippines must understand that the group is threatening his region. We will not be arbitrary as entering other regions is regulated by law," he said. (*)

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