Jakarta. There is no connection between Islam, radicalism and terrorism, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said during his visit to Jakarta on Tuesday (28/02), amid growing concerns over such threats across the globe.
Parts of the world, including in France and Muslim-majority Indonesia, have seen terrorist attacks in recent years as conflicts in the Middle East rage on.
In the United States, this has prompted President Donald Trump to issue an executive order on immigration which bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In likely reference to the order, Ayrault said in a public address: "Terrorism has no nationality or religion. It isn’t right to consider any country as a specific threat."
The minister also rejected messages of hate and discrimination in his speech during the "France and European Union: Partners for Southeast Asia" event, organized by the Institut Francais d'Indonesie (IFI) and the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI).
"This has been France’s attitude. [We] refuse to jumble everything together and our citizens are allowed to practice their individual faiths with protection of their places of worship," Ayrault said.
He added that with the increasing threat of terrorism and radicalism, it is becoming more important to cooperate across governments, intelligence agencies, police and other actors in democracies.
"This is the sort of partnerships we want to engage in, including with Indonesia," Ayrault said.
Ayrault's first visit to Jakarta included meetings with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
He was also here to test the waters before French President Francois Hollande’s upcoming visit at the end of March.