KUALA LUMPUR: South East Asian and European Union (EU) nations have agreed to team up to fight terrorism to maintain peace, stability and security in both regions.
Foreign ministers from the 10 Asean nations and 15 member countries of the EU adopted in Brussels on Monday a joint declaration on co-operation to combat terrorism, committing to work together by strengthening ties between law enforcement agencies including Europol and Aseanapol.
Representing Malaysia at the 14th Asean-EU Ministerial Meeting was Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Dr Leo Toyad.
In a statement yesterday, the Asean secretariat said the ministers had agreed to exchange information on ways to curb terrorism including the development of more effective policies such as legal, regulatory and administrative frameworks.
They said terrorism, which includes links with transnational organised crime like money laundering, arms trafficking and the production and trafficking in illicit drugs, had become new security challenges that had to be addressed in forums like Asean Regional Forum. – Bernama
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