Singapore is open to greater co-operation with its neighbours in South-east Asia, as well as Australia, in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
Prime Minister Teo was speaking to the media in Jakarta yesterday as he wrapped up a three-day working visit to Indonesia, where he met President Joko Widodo and Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mr Luhut Pandjaitan, among others.
“We already have a very strong relationship with Indonesia on counter-terrorism. We have good exchange of information between our law enforcement agencies as well as our intelligence agencies,” he said.
“President Jokowi also expressed a strong interest in this (and) clearly ISIS is a new threat for the region. so we need to strengthen our capability in a number of areas again.”
Security experts believe that Singapore may be targeted by ISIS because of its tough stand against the militant group, among other reasons. The country has also been a member of the coalition formed to combat the terror group.
Professor Rohan Gunaratna, who heads the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, was among experts who had previously called for greater regional co-operation to tackle ISIS.
Web Monitoring Desk