Jokowi, Erdogan agree on intelligent data exchange

Ankara, Turkey (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to cooperate in the exchange of intelligence information in an effort to combat and counter terrorism.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said in a joint press statement after a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Ankaras White Palace on Thursday "regarding the eradication of terrorism, Indonesia and Turkey have agreed to increase cooperation, especially related to Foreign Terrorist Fighters through cooperation in the field of intelligence information."

To that end, the two countries agreed to build an information technology system of intelligence that will allow the two countries to cooperate in order to eradicate terrorism.

"The development of IT System in intelligence will make the works easier in order to eradicate terrorism," he said.

Meanwhile, President Erdogan stated that terrorism is no longer a local issue or involves one party alone.

"It has implications that need global cooperation to deal with. We have discussed with the President on defense and terrorism. We are exchanging opinions, and we have agreed to take important steps for the good of both countries," Erdogan said.

On the same occasion, a joint memorandum of understanding on heatlh cooperation between the Governments of Indonesia and Turkey was also signed in addition to the lsunch of Indonesia-Turkey Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IT-CEPA) negotiations.(*)