Indonesia to present social initiative in countering terrorism and extremism at US-ASEAN Summit in California,

Jakarta, 12th February, 2016 (WAM) - Indonesias President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will lead a counter terrorism meeting during the first US-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, California, United States, on February 16.

"President Obama asked President Joko Widodo directly a week ago," Foreign Affairs Ministry's Director for Dialogue Partner and Inter-Regional Cooperation Derry Aman said during a press briefing here Thursday.

The US President asked President Widodo for Indonesia's experience in countering terrorism and extremism, according to Aman.

President Widodo will emphasize Indonesias role in enhancing security and pre-detection, and will also propose a social media initiative in countering terrorism and extremism.

"It is still in the finalization stage, but it is related with social media on how to counter terrorism," Aman said as quoted by Indonesian news agency, Antara.

For instance, Aman noted the terrorist attack near Sarinah Mall in Central Jakarta last January, where Indonesian security authority could secure the situation and shoot the culprits within hours.

"Hence, we aim to share our experiences and also look for ideas to strengthen our capacity in countering terrorism," he said.

The US-ASEAN Leaders Summit is initiated by the US government in a bid to follow up the agreement of the ASEAN-US Partnership Cooperation Agreement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in November 2015.

The summit will be divided into two sections focusing on promoting innovation in the entrepreneurial ASEAN Community and economic issues in the first.

The second session will discuss protecting peace, security and prosperity in the ASEAN region.

President Widodo will visit the US on February 15-16 for the US-ASEAN Leaders Summit, and then on February 17, he will attend the US-ASEAN Business Council and US Indonesian Diaspora Meeting in San Francisco.


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