Jakarta. Indonesia and Turkey have agreed to increase cooperation in counterterrorism efforts, particularly to address the issue of foreign terrorists, during a meeting between the National Anti-Terrorism Agency, or BNPT, and the government of Turkey this week.
BeritaSatu reported that the Indonesian delegation held a meeting with Turkish police chief, Selami Altinok, and officials from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization and Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management.
According to BNPT chief Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, the meetings focused on gathering information and coordinating with Turkish officials on handling foreign terrorist fighters from Indonesia.
"We have told the government of Turkey that terrorism cannot be addressed solely through [stringent] methods. It has to be done through coordination, as BNPT has done by working with 32 ministries and institutions to address terrorism wholly," Alius said.
The Indonesian delegation is on an official work visit to Turkey, where they are visiting Istanbul and Ankara, from Saturday (13/05) to Friday.
In February, Indonesia's ambassador to Turkey met with the head of the BNPT in Jakarta to discuss the situation on the borders of Syria, where dozens of Indonesians have already been arrested while trying to join the Islamic State movement.
Concerns mounted when the Turkish government said that Indonesian citizens arrested by the Turkish authorities at the border will be prosecuted or deported if they are found to have links with IS. Around 75 Indonesians have been deported from Turkey so far, with more set to follow.