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Joko to Push for More Counterterrorism Cooperation at G-20 Summit


NOVEMBER 15, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesian President Joko Widodo will use the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, this weekend to call for greater international cooperation to combat terrorism, following attacks in Paris that killed 129 people on Friday.

Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that although the summit was focused largely on economic cooperation by leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies, the Paris attacks made it imperative for world leaders to discuss security issues during the two-day summit.

She added that Joko would raise the issue at the summit’s working dinner on Sunday.

“The bottom line is to stress the importance of international cooperation in combating terrorism. There is no other way to combat terrorism than through international cooperation,” Retno said in Antalya on Saturday as quoted by Detik.

The president is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit. The government has not said what the discussions would cover.

Joko and other world leaders, including US President Barrack Obama arrived in Turkey on Sunday for the summit. Noticeably absent was French President François Hollande, who is coordinating his nation’s response to shooting and bomb attacks on Friday night in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded. Hollande has blamed the Sunni militant group Islamic State for the atrocity.

Obama, who led other world leaders in pledging support for France in the wake of the attacks, is also expected to use the G-20 summit to discuss security issues, including the fight against Islamic State and a resolution to the civil war in Syria.