Indonesia, Netherlands strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism efforts

Indonesia, Netherlands strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism efforts


Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has met with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and discussed efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly in education and counter terrorism efforts as stated in a press release from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry received by ANTARA here on Monday.

The bilateral meeting was held before Foreign Minister Marsudi attended a working dinner of G20 Foreign Ministers which started the series of G20 Ministerial Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday (May 20, local time).

Related to education cooperation, the Indonesian government expects the Dutch government`s plan to conduct a review of international scholarship will not affect the cooperation with Indonesia.

Furthermore, the two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views regarding developments in the region, including the situation of refugees from Rakhine State in Cox`s Bazaar, Bangladesh.

Related to the eradication of terrorism, the Indonesian government invites the G20 member countries to contribute concretely in the fight against terrorism.

Foreign Minister Marsudi confirmed that the threat of terrorism is still high and very real. It can be seen from several events in Indonesia last week.

She explained that the Indonesian police and security authorities are moving quickly to identify and capture terrorist networks.

"Indonesians are not afraid. We should not be afraid of terrorism and should not give space for terrorism to move," Marsudi said.