…Indonesia and Jordan have the same idea, namely to show the true face of Islam.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Police Commissioner General Rycko Amelza Dahniel, and Jordanian Ambassador to Indonesia, Abdallah Suliman Abdallah Abu Romman, have agreed to promote moderate and peaceful Islam.

"Our goal is to show that Islam is peaceful. We prevent takfiri belief or putting labels on others," Dahniel said in a statement received here on Wednesday.
He made the statement after a meeting with Ambassador Romman at the BNPT headquarter in Sentul, Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday (May 2, 2023).

During the meeting, Dahniel emphasized the importance of showing a moderate and peaceful image of Islam to the public.

One of Indonesia's strategies for dealing with violent acts has been to bring in moderate religious leaders and intellectuals, he noted.

"We are very aware of ideas that use Islamic symbols to spread violence and hatred. Therefore, we present religious leaders and intellectuals to counter these doctrines," he said.

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According to Ambassador Romman, the cooperation between Indonesia and Jordan has so far been effective because of the similarity of aspirations between the two countries.

"This cooperative relationship has been going on for a long time and has proven to be effective because Indonesia and Jordan have the same idea, namely to show the true face of Islam," he said.

Regarding religious figures helping in efforts to ward off violent ideologies, he said that Jordan is willing to send its ulemas to Indonesia to help with the mission.

"Ulema from Jordan can come and help to fight misleading perceptions about Islam," he added.

So far, Indonesia and Jordan have played an active role in measures to counter terrorism based on a memorandum of understanding inked by the BNPT and the Jordanian Minister of Home Affairs in 2021.

The active role of the two countries in countering terrorism has also been demonstrated by the holding of the Aqaba Process in Indonesia in 2022, an initiative of King Abdullah II of the Kingdom of Jordan.

The Aqaba Process has brought together 16 countries to improve the coordination of counter-terrorism at the global level.

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