Indonesia’s anti-terrorism agency signed a memorandum of understanding with eight Muslim organizations to study programs that could help prevent attacks fueled by religious extremism.
Among the groups to sign the agreement was Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s biggest Muslim group. The memorandum calls for discussions about religious radicalism without providing details on what the future programs might involve.
“Working with Muslim leaders is our priority after so many people have said they are fighting in the name of Islam,” National Anti-Terror Agency Chief Ansyaad Mbai told reporters today in Jakarta after the signing. “This is our long-term project.”