The Indonesian government will restrain itself from resorting to direct violence in dealing with the Islamic State (IS) movement in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday. Marty made the statement following United States President Barack Obama's announcement of a broad escalation of the campaign against the IS militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq. Marty said that he had yet to study details about Obama's plan but argued that, "A solution that only uses violence is not durable and potentially create new problems in the future."
China pledged stronger cooperation with the international community to combat terrorism, as US President Barack Obama announced a "systematic campaign of airstrikes" against Islamic State militants "wherever they exist".
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha would give priority to Asean countries when he embarks on overseas trips to introduce himself, Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow said yesterday.