Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand strengthened their counterterrorism commitment through the 2nd meeting of the Joint Working Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

BNPT Head Mohammed Rycko Amelza Dahniel, in the agency's statement received on Thursday, stated that the two countries have the same concern about the issue of online radicalism that targets the younger generation.

He noted that Indonesia and New Zealand, during the meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, on Tuesday (May 28), agreed that community resilience is a crucial aspect in the efforts to overcome terrorism, and both nations are committed to continuing various collaborations at regional and multilateral levels.

"The second meeting of the Joint Working Group shows our commitment to strengthening efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism," he remarked.

According to Dahniel, the meeting discussed developments in the threat of terrorism and security-based extremism at the domestic level and priorities for handling them.

Apart from that, it also discussed the development of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and New Zealand in countering terrorism as well as priorities at regional and multilateral levels.

On that occasion, New Zealand commended the success of Indonesia's counterterrorism initiatives.

New Zealand's Ambassador for Counterterrorism, Paula Wilson, noted that Indonesia is an important partner in countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Earlier, the governments of Indonesia and New Zealand had agreed to extend the agreement on countering terrorism and violent extremism in December 2023.

Hence, Tuesday's meeting is a form of implementation for the agreement as a mechanism for the two countries to share information, experience, and best practices in countering terrorism and violent extremism.

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