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Indonesia, Oman to cooperate in counter-terrorism initiative

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Jakarta, IO – Indonesia and Oman continue to strengthen bilateral relations, including in the field of security, particularly counter-terrorism.

Discussions on strengthening cooperation were held at the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) headquarters in Sentul, Bogor, Tuesday (13/2). Both countries will immediately prepare a draft MOU, per bnpt.go.id.

“The strong spirit of cooperation between the two nations, Indonesia and Oman, was implemented through the preparation of a draft Memorandum of Understanding in the field of counterterrorism between the BNPT and the National Counterterrorism Committee (NCTC),” explained BNPT head Mohammed Rycko Amelza Dahniel.

Rycko assessed that this cooperation is an important aspect to ensure the security of the two countries. Moreover, Oman is a country that upholds peace and international order.

Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Indonesia, Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed Salim Al Shanfari, welcomed this cooperation and appreciated the achievements of Indonesia in counterterrorism.

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Al Shanfari praised Indonesia’s conducive situation in 2023 without a single act of terrorism. “This country is beautiful, rich in culture, peaceful and even had zero terrorist attack in 2023. I hope Indonesia will always look after its young generation,” he said.

This collaboration is a follow-up to NCTC Oman’s visit to BNPT in 2019. A number of issues discussed at the meeting were priorities for countering terrorism, management of foreign terrorists and best practices in countering terrorism. (un)

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