New Zealand FM calls for being vigilant against terrorist threat to Asia-Pacific

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-28 21:14:40|Editor: Zhou Xin
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WELLINGTON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee on Friday called for partners to be vigilant against the threat terrorism poses to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.

Brownlee arrived in Indonesia on Friday to attend a sub-regional meeting on foreign terrorists and cross-border terrorism, co-hosted by Indonesia and Australia, according to a New Zealand government release.

New Zealand is a key regional player and has a long history of building capacity and cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Brownlee said in the release.

"The significant gains made by the coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria do not mean we can be any less vigilant about the potential threat terrorism poses, including in our own backyard," Brownlee said, adding that the ongoing instability in the southern Philippines is an example of that.

ISIS has long held the goal of extending its so-called Caliphate into the Asia-Pacific region, said the minister.

The sub-regional meeting will ensure New Zealand is well informed about the threat cross-border terrorism and foreign terrorists pose to parts of Southeast Asia, he said.