Indonesia, Australia host counter-terrorism meeting to address rising threat of Islamic militancy

Manado: Indonesia and Australia co- hosted a counter-terrorism meeting on Friday to address the rising threat of foreign fighters, as the Philippines battles pro- Islamic State militants.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The one-day gathering in North Sulawesi brings together six countries including Malaysia, Philippines and New Zealand.

Ministers are due to discuss the challenges posed by growing terrorism in Southeast Asia as well as concerns that Islamic State is trying establish a regional caliphate in the Philippines, where government forces are pitted against Islamist gunmen holed up in a southern city.
"I am hopeful that this meeting will produce a valuable outcome so together we could fight terrorism, especially in Marawi, Southern Phillipines," Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto told journalists late Friday ahead of the event.
Parts of Southeast Asia have long struggled with Islamic militancy, with hundreds of radicals from the region flocking to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Updated Date: Jul 29, 2017 12:14 PM

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