Australia and ASEAN Join Forces to Fight Terrorism and Violence

Randolph Lopez
March 18, 2018

Prime Minister Najib Razak and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Leaders' Welcome and Family Photo session during the Asean-Australia Special Summit in Sydney, Australia, today.

During a press conference with Malaysian media, Najib, when asked about his engagements with Turnbull, said: "I was given the special honour by my counterpart who had me deliver the keynote address at the counter-terrorism conference".

In a report last month, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute argued that Canberra should aim for Asean membership by 2024-its 50th anniversary of being a partner -and use the Sydney summit as a launch pad.

Najib said what was also very important was promoting a culture in which radical ideologies would find it hard to take root and Malaysia had established the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) in Kuala Lumpur, as a centre for the consolidation and dissemination of information and materials to underpin this.

To speak at the closing of the conference, I was the only one invited (to speak). We were also seated next to each other at the dinner just now.

Although Najib mentioned no names, it is clear that he was referring to the demand former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had made to Turnbull.

Speaking at the closing of the Counter-Terrorism Conference, the prime ministers of Australia and Malaysia stressed the importance of countering transnational terrorist organizations through regional collaboration.

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Under the MoU, ASEAN and Australia will work together to develop and implement counter-terrorism legislation consistent with worldwide standards and best practices.

Crimes verging on genocide were being committed against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, and those crimes bore "the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the worldwide community", the United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide said on Tuesday.

The government's decision to use these legal mechanisms he said, "had saved many lives, both Malaysian, and non-Malaysian".

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would raise human rights concerns with leaders in Myanmar, which has been criticised for its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, and Cambodia, which has dissolved the main opposition party and jailed government critics.

"Australia will continue to work with our closest neighbours in the region".

"In addition, Asean-Australia cooperation will also help strengthen stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, further develop regional connectivity and enhance regional architecture through Asean centrality".

The ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, the first of its kind, opened in Sydney on Friday, in the presence of Turnbull and leaders of ten ASEAN nations including Vietnamese PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

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