President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo vowed stronger cooperation to combat terrorism in Southeast Asia, Malacañang said on Thursday, June 22.
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Widodo phoned Duterte at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in what he described as a “productive and fruitful” discussion.
“The call was productive and fruitful. They both reaffirmed the need to step up cooperation to address threats posed by terrorism and violent extremism,” said Abella in a Palace news briefing.
The call between the two leaders came a day ahead of the tripartite meeting among Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines to be held on June 22 in Manila.
Abella said Widodo also expressed support for the peace process in Mindanao.
“The meeting also intends fostering cooperation on countering terrorism among regional neighboring states.
And President Widodo reaffirmed Indonesia’s commitment to support the Philippines in countering terrorism, including restoring peace and stability in the southern Philippines,” he said.
Duterte, he said, welcomed Widodo’s support.
“The President also welcomed the Indonesian President’s expression of commitment and emphasized the Philippine government’s full resolve to work closely together with Indonesia and like minded states to address these issues,” he said.