EU expresses commitment to work with ASEAN against violent extremism
European Council Donald Tusk expressed the European Union’s commitment to help combat violent extremism in Southeast Asia during a regional meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday (November 14).
Recent attacks by pro-Islamic State fighters in the southern Philippines have raised concerns on security in Southeast Asia, prompting the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to set up border patrols on its waters to combat cross-border insurgencies.
The presence of pro-Islamic State militants is among the top internal security threats for the Philippines. The Marawi siege raised alarms that southern Philippines is fast becoming an Asian hub for the ultra-radical group.