Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has said intelligence reports indicated that foreign Islamic State (IS) fighters fleeing the Middle East are planning to shift their bases to Southeast Asia.
Speaking at a meeting of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party on July 10, the Defence Minister declared IS is the enemy of the government.
He stressed that what happed in Middle East has a direct impact on Malaysia, adding that the region will be the IS’ focus and every member state of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) will have to look at this seriously.
Given the urgency of the matter, the minister said he will be visiting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain this week to get latest intelligence reports on the militants and their whereabouts.
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