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Australia, Indonesia sign anti-terror pact as report warns of new attacks

The report said the Kabul airport blast was “likely to inspire ISIS groups to try and mount new attacks in Indonesia”.

“This could lead not to competition between JI and ISIS, which have never been particularly affected by each other’s actions, but to intra-ISIS competition to demonstrate that one particular cell can outdo another,” it said.

“For this reason, ISIS cells remain far more dangerous than anything connected to JI.”

Retno met with Taliban officials during a visit to Qatar a fortnight ago and said on Thursday: “Indonesia hopes that Afghanistan is not used as a breeding and training ground for terrorist organisation and activities that threaten peace and stability in the region.”

In a speech to the Foreign Policy of Indonesia think tank on Thursday night, Payne warned the Taliban “the world was watching”.

“Our counterterrorism cooperation between Australia and Indonesia, forged in the aftermath of some of the most critical events in our shared history, is now once again critical,” she said.

“We want to make it very clear that an extremist narrative of success in Afghanistan is not one we’re prepared to accept and make it very clear to the Taliban … that it must prevent the return to extremism.”

Payne did not mention China by name while in Indonesia but did offer a none-too-subtle reference to the superpower.


“Australia wants to see an Indo-Pacific region that embraces engagement and cooperation but upholds the rights and sovereignty of countries without coercion, regardless of its size and power,” she said.

“To maintain that prosperity and security, we welcome a region that supports a level playing field based on rules and norms to ensure healthy competition, rather than competition that risk sliding into instability or conflict.

“Australia and Indonesia are well-placed to cooperate on this vision.”

Payne and Dutton will also fly to Delhi on Saturday before stops in Seoul and Washington DC.

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