7th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue

July 20, 2012

  1. The 7th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue will be held from Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26 in Cebu, Philippines.

  2. The 7th Dialogue will be co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Tamotsu Shinotsuka, Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; and Hon. Rico E. Puno, Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Department of Interior and Local Government of the Philippines. Hon. Pacquito N. Ochoa, Jr., Executive Secretary, Office of the President and Chairman of Anti-Terrorism Council of the Philippines will be present, as well as officials from Japan, all ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.

  3. This Dialogue follows the agreement at the ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting held in December 2005, and has been held annually since 2006. It is a forum to exchange views on the current affairs related to terrorism as well as to identify areas for further cooperation to counter terrorist threats. Under the past Dialogues, various projects which contribute to the region-wide counter-terrorism measures have been formulated and implemented through the funding provided by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The Dialogue is considered to be an important framework to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation in the ASEAN region, in preparation for building the ASEAN Community in 2015.

Note: The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Dialogues were held in June 2006 in Tokyo; September 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; October 2008 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR; August 2009 in Nha Trang, Vietnam; June 2010 in Bali, Indonesia; and February 2011 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia respectively.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)