KOTA KINABALU – ASEAN Foreign Ministers today condemned the violence and brutality committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) extremist group, particularly the recent apparent barbaric beheading of a Japanese citizen.
Speaking on behalf of his ASEAN counterparts at the end of their retreat here, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the ministers also renewed their commitment to combating violent extremism, including through the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM).
GMM is an idea mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2010, a new approach in international relations and foreign policy with the main goal of applying perspectives and frameworks of moderation to realise world peace and harmony.
Anifah said as proposed by the prime minister at the 25th ASEAN Summit in November 2014, Malaysia would convene an ASEAN Special Ministerial Meeting on Radicalism and Extremism.
“The meeting is scheduled to take place back-to-back with the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime in early October 2015,” he added at the news conference after chairing the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat. – BERNAMA