Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Muslim World League (MWL), or Rabithah Al Alam Al Islami, and the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) pledged their joint commitment to lending assistance to Muslims reeling from discrimination and violence.

The commitment was voiced when a delegation of MPR members met with MWL Secretary General Sheikh Dr Mohammad Alissa in Saudi Arabia on Monday (Dec 23), MPR Deputy Speaker Jazilul Fawaid noted in a statement received by ANTARA here on Tuesday.

The two parties pledged to bolster their commitment to rejecting violence in any form committed on religious grounds as well as discrimination against Muslims and all adherents of other religions, Fawaid emphasized.

Founded in Saudi Arabia in 1962, the MWL has always prioritized promoting and clarifying the true message of Islam, combating perceived conspiracies against Islam, and deliberating on all problems relevant to Islam.

As published in its official website, this international non-governmental Islamic organization is concerned over the war on terrorism.

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The MWL views the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as victory in the fight against terrorism and the justified end to an individual behind unnecessary deaths and destruction.

However, the MWL opined that his death will not to be able to "solve the problems of terrorism and extremism". To this end, this organization, based in the holy city of Makkah, "believes a holistic approach to terrorism eradication is required".

On behalf of the Indonesian government, President Joko Widodo has cautioned of terrorism and radicalism remaining notable challenges for the National Police to secure and preserve Indonesia.

Indonesia has become the target of terrorist attacks since 2000, and the country continues to be threatened by the spread of extremism and terrorism.

On November 13, 2019, a suicide bomber detonated home-made bombs he had carried to the yard of the Medan city police headquarters in North Sumatra Province.
In May 2018, a church in the East Java city of Surabaya, East Java Province, was attacked. Three years ago, ISIS supporters in Indonesia had launched a suicide bombing and shooting attack in Jakarta on January 14, 2016, resulting in the deaths of eight people, including three innocent civilians.

The incidents added to the list of deadly assaults conducted by terrorist cells in Indonesia. From 2000 to 2012, more than a dozen attacks had taken place in the capital city, including the Australian embassy bombing on September 9, 2004, and the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotel bombings on July 17, 2009. (INE).

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Translator: Abdu Faisal, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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