06 Dec '17, 4pm

Stopping militancy spread in ASEAN a priority for...

SINGAPORE, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries must step up their fight against religious militancy taking root in their region, including in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State, Singapore's foreign minister said on Tuesday. The minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, said the weakening of Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East and the recent occupation of the Philippine town of Marawi by IS-supporting gunmen had renewed concern that the region could become a magnet for militants. "We saw some returning fighters to Marawi in the southern Philippines and there are other potential hotbeds for terrorists in our region," Balakrishnan said in a lecture on Singapore's priorities as it prepares to take over as chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). "Even our concern about the Rakhine state is also related to our anxiety that this becomes another sanctuary, anoth...

Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-5146767/...

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