35 Countries to Converge in Bali’s Anti-Terror Conference

Indonesia was widely lauded by the world community for swiftly and reliably countering terrorist bomb attacks in Central Jakarta in January of this year.

A surfer in the Indonesian resort island of Bali. (Photo source: Pixabay/bertomic)

Denpasar, GIVnews.com – Representatives of 35 countries and nine international organizations are expected to attend the second International Meeting on Counter-Terrorism (IMCT) in Nusa Dua, Bali, next Wednesday (10/8).

To be officially opened by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo who will also deliver a keynote speech in the event, the two-day Bali conference will focus on ways to strengthen cooperation in curbing cross-border terrorism, radicalism and de-radicalism. Meeting participants will discuss specific matters like terrorism actors, terrorists’ information sharing, their flowing of funds and weapon smuggling.

Speaking in a news conference about the upcoming IMCT in Jakarta on Thursday (4/8), Gatot Amrih Djemirin, Deputy Director for Counterterrorism at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the meeting will be co-chaired by Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Security Affairs and Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan. This is according to Antara Newsreport.

Gatot Amrih said 35 countries had been invited to attend the IMCT meeting. So far, 24 of them had confirmed to come, including the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the international organizations willing to participate in the conference include the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Egmont Group, Interpol, and EUROPOL.

Terror in Indonesia

At least 25 deadly terrorist attacks had occurred in different parts of Indonesia in the past 54 years. The world-renowned Bali Island, which will host the second IMCT, suffered two major bomb attacks in 2002 and 2005. The 2002 blast killed 202 people including 38 Indonesians and 88 Australian nationals. Another deadly attack in 2005 killed 20 people, including 15 Indonesians.

Indonesia was widely lauded by the world community for swiftly and reliably countering terrorist bomb attacks in Central Jakarta in January of this year. Seven people including five suspects were killed, and at least 17 others wounded. Anti-terrorism specialist who is currently the National Police Chief, Tito Karnavian was then the Jakarta City Police Chief, receiving wide appreciation for his handling of the incident.