Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines unite against Abu Sayyaf

  • AseanPlus News
  • Sunday, 20 Nov 2016

JAKARTA: Three leading Asean countries will hold joint military training for their army personnel starting January next year to fight Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf and secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to initiate joint army training to advance efforts to secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu explained that each of the countries would first begin its own army personnel training in January before conducting the joint training later in the year.

The military training will take place in Indonesia’s Tarakan in North Kalimantan, Malaysia’s Tawao Island and the Philippines’ Bongao Island.

Ryacudu said soldiers set to participate in the joint military training would form a special force tasked with facing the notorious Abu Sayyaf group that masterminded a series of recent kidnappings in Sulu waters, located in the southwestern Philippines.

“It’s part of a concrete action we, Asean countries, are taking to secure the region,” said Ryacudu, adding the training locations would later become posts for a joint taskforce assigned to help secure Sulu waters.

The joint training was discussed during a meeting between Ryamizard and his Malay­sian and Philippines counterparts in Laos this week. — Jakarta Post / Asia News Network

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