Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia to Discuss Marawi Crisis

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    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P Marsudi as keynote speaker in "Indonesia Briefing: Enhancing Maritime Tourism and Empowering Coastal Communities in Indian Ocean Rim" event at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, Friday, April 21, 2017. Indonesia Briefing is a joint effort between Tempo English magazine and Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry. Tempo/Frannto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated that Indonesia will soon hold a trilateral meeting with the Philippines and Malaysia on terrorist eradication in Marawi.

    “There will be a trilateral meeting in a couple of days. I have also informed the President about the preparations,” said Minister Retno following her meeting with President Jokowi on Tuesday, June 20.

    Read: SE Asia Trilateral Cooperation Evolved to Counter Marawi Crisis

    Retno plans on bringing in the Defense Ministries from each country, Indonesian Ryamizard Ryacudu, Malaysian Dato Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein, and Delfin N. Lorenzana from the Philippines.

    In addition to the defense ministers, the terrorism eradication figures such as the Indonesian National Police Chief Tito Karnavian and or the Head of National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Suhardi Alius will also present.

    The meeting is Indonesia’s initiative, Retno said, although it will be held in Manila because the Philippine defense minister is not able to leave the country under martial law.

    Minister Retno Marsudi hopes that the meeting will produce a partnership in handling terrorism that could be done in the trilateral area.

    ISTMAN M.P.