Joint Statement of Trilateral Meeting on Security Among The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia

Photo: Ministry Of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia





Manila, 22 June 2017

  1. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, . Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj. Aman, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines,. Alan Peter S. Cayetano met in Manila on 22 June 2017 with the view to enhancing cooperation in addressing the common threats of terrorism and violent extremism confronting the region. Also participating in the meeting were Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia, General TNI Gatot Nurmantyo, Chief of Defence Force of Malaysia, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Eduardo M. Año AFP, Chief of Indonesian National Police, Police General  M. Tito Karnavian, Inspector General of Police of Malaysia,  Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, Chief of the Philippine National Police, Police Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa, Deputy Chief of Intelligence of the Republic of Indonesia, Major General Chandra W. Soekotjo, Director General of the National Security Council of Malaysia,  Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin, National Security Adviser of the National Security Council of the Philippines General Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr. AFP (Ret.) and Chief of the National Counter Terrorism Agency, Comissioner General Suhardi Alius. The meeting was conducted in the spirit of friendship and cooperation.
  2. The meeting reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to effectively address existing as well as emerging transnational challenges and threats that have the potential to undermine the stability and well-being of countries in the region.
  3. The Ministers raised concern over the recent incidents of terrorism and violent extremism in their countries, and reaffirmed their desire to work together to jointly develop and implement counter-terrorism measures and strategies.
  4. In this regard, the Ministers deliberated and agreed to task their senior officials to consider the proposed Plan of Action, in the context of the following measures and to report thereon at their next meeting:
  5. a) enhance effort and cooperation in addressing the root causes and underlying conditions of extremism including but not limited to poverty, narcotics or illegal drugs, crime and social injustice;
  6. b) promote social and economic development particularly in adjoining areas of the three countries;
  7. c) enhance the intelligence and information sharing amongst all security and intelligence agencies on potential, imminent and real threats.
  8. d) stop the flow of terrorist financing;
  9. e) contain the spread of terrorism and terrorism-related content in the cyberspace, particularly in social media;
  10. f) prevent and suppress the terrorist exploitation of information and communication technology and the dissemination of terrorist messages;
  11. g) prevent and stop the flow of illicit arms and arms smuggling as well as the movement of all terrorists;
  12. h) consider the provision of specialized military and law enforcement training;
  13. i) support the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement and other sub-regional efforts to combat transnational crime;
  14. j) review and implement all of our existing agreements on terrorism and violent extremism;
  15. k) make a cross-analysis comparison of each other’s laws on terrorism with a view to enhancing legislation;
  16. l) counter the extremist narrative through education, community engagement including the involvement of religious leaders and the promotion of tolerance, moderation and unity in diversity;
  17. m) explore initiatives to provide support for victims of terrorism;
  18. n) promote deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration programs as part of comprehensive measures in countering terrorism;
  19. o) protect and safeguard vulnerable groups, particularly women, children and the youth, from the influence of terrorism;
  20. The Ministers welcomed the conduct later this year of meetings by their officials dealing with terrorism and violent extremism, including the Sub-Regional Meeting on Counter Terrorism, the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime, and the 2nd Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalization and Violent Extremism, which will be held in Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, respectively.
  21. The Ministers reiterated their shared view that success in effectively addressing transnational threats can only be achieved through the proper development of strategies, and cooperation in security and intelligence on a regional scale.
  22. The Ministers agreed that their next meeting will be held in Indonesia in October 2017.
  23. The Indonesian and Malaysian Ministers expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Philippines for the warm hospitality and excellent arrangements for the meeting.​(R04/RS5)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)