Australia, Southeast Asia to share intelligence to fight terror

Angelo Anderson
March 19, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ten regional leaders assemble for the Leaders' Welcome during the ASEAN Special Summit in Sydney (AAP) Malcolm Turnbull delivers an address at the New Colombo Plan Reception during the summit.

Before signing the document, Australian Interior Minister Peter Dutton warned about the threat being faced by Australia and the South East Asian countries, due to the use by terrorists and criminals of encrypted messaging applications.

The ceremony began with a closing address delivered by Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia.

The goal of organizing the summit is to discuss the future direction and cooperation between ASEAN and Australia despite the rising power and influence of China in the region.

The statement did not name China, but the country is a party to negotiations on a code of conduct for that body of water - an area rife with sovereignty disputes.

Asean also called for the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and urged all United Nations members to strictly apply Security-Council sanctions on North Korea.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the crisis was no longer exclusively a domestic issue for Myanmar, with fleeing Rohingya potential targets for terrorist radicalization.

The two-day meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Australia ended here Sunday with a declaration emphasizing the importance of freedom of navigation, "non-militarization and the need to. avoid actions that may complicate the situation", making what appears to be an indirect reference to Chinese island-building in the South China Sea.

"I was asked to lead the discussion on nuclear issues in North Korea and the possible scenario, as well as the latest development relating to the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un".

While, Mr Lee said, "We have committed to do our best to. send a clear signal to ASEAN external partners and all other countries of our commitment to promote global trade [and] oppose protectionism".

He said the Australian leader offered assistance in rebuilding Marawi City, which was flattened after a five-month gun battle between government forces and members of the ISIS-allied Maute terror group who overran the city in May 2017. Turnbull confirmed the Summit leaders discussed the matter of the ethnic violence with her on Sunday.

"It's a very complex problem". "Everyone seeks to end the suffering that has been occasioned by the events, the conflict, the dislocation".

The TPP 11 includes Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Brunei and Mr Turnbull has been keen to entice Indonesia to the fold.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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