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Indonesia Highlights: Indonesia and Malaysia Meet for First Summit Since Covid-19 Pandemic | BNPT: Thousands of Indonesians Fight in Iraq and Syria | Two Lava Domes Found on Mount Merapi

February 6, 2021, 07.16 AM

President Jokowi and Prime Minister Muhyiddin voiced their opinion, days after Myanmar’s military overthrew Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy [NLD] party earlier this week. months after the party beat the military during elections in November 2020.

President Jokowi also urged Muhyiddin to stand up for palm oil exports in the European Union [EU], “Indonesia will continue to fight for palm oil [exports to the European Union],” President Jokowi asserted.

“These efforts will be more effective if Indonesia and Malaysia can jointly carry them out.”Indonesia plans to sue the European Union in the WTO over the Union’s Renewable Energy Directives II policy, which Jakarta sees as discriminatory to palm oil.

EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket denied that the Union discriminated against palm oil last January. He pointed out that exports of the commodity to the EU increased by 27 percent in 2020.


BNPT: Radicalism Drives Thousands of Indonesians to Fight in Iraq and Syria

The National Counterterrorism Agency or BNPT has announced that thousands of Indonesians have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

“The BNPT has revealed that more than 1,250 Indonesians have gone to Iraq and Syria after they were exposed to radical propaganda [from ISIS]. A number of them died in action, while others were captured,” said BNPT head Police Commissioner General Boy Rafli Amar.

“Some of them were women and children who ended up in refugee camps [in Iraq and Syria]. Nearly all were radicalized by content [from ISIS].”


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