Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to discuss anti-terror joint plan

The ensuing battle between Islamist militants and Philippine security forces in Marawi City lasted five months, claiming over 1,100 lives and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.
The ensuing battle between Islamist militants and Philippine security forces in Marawi City lasted five months, claiming over 1,100 lives and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA • Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will hold an informal meeting on the sidelines of the 31st Asean Summit in Manila tomorrow to discuss their joint plan to address increasing threats of terrorism in the region.

"The main purpose of this meeting is to discuss the situation in Marawi. There have been positive developments in the past few weeks and we expect the Philippines to share information on the progress and outcomes, and (the three countries) will discuss the next steps in the joint plan of action," Mr Arrmanatha Nasir, a spokesman for Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Thursday, according to the Jakarta Globe.

Islamist militants stormed Marawi City in the southern Philippines in May.

The ensuing battle between the armed terrorists and Philippine security forces lasted five months, claiming over 1,100 lives and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

The Philippine government wrapped up combat operations in the city on Oct 23.

The fighting drew militants from neighbouring countries to Marawi, and stoked fears that fleeing fighters would seek refuge in nearby Indonesia and Malaysia.

The three countries had previously agreed to cooperate on counter-terrorism measures, such as conducting joint maritime patrols and improving intelligence-sharing. They will discuss efforts at deradicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration at the informal meeting.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2017, with the headline 'Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to discuss anti-terror joint plan'. Print Edition | Subscribe