TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - United States Vice President Michael R. Pence said that the US and Indonesia will continue to work together in the war against terrorism. Pence said that Indonesia is a US strategic partner in the war against terrorism.
“I can convince the Indonesian people that we won’t stop fighting terrorism,” he said in Jakarta on Friday, April 21, 2017.
Pence suggested that cooperation is important to deal with terror threats.
He explained that the terror attack launched in Paris, France, was a warning that a terror attack can happen anywhere and anytime.
“Indonesia and the United States have been there,” he said, adding that both countries need to anticipate such an attack.
Earlier on Thursday, April 20, 2017, Mike Pence arrived in Indonesia to sign a number of memoranda of understanding on business cooperation between Indonesia and the US. Indonesia is the first country in Southeast Asia visited by Pence before he departed for Australia.
During the first day of his visit, Mr. Pence met President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to discuss trade and terrorism topics. Pence said that strong partnership in the defense sector would be useful to anticipate security threats.