Agence France Presse

Jakarta, July 1:

Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today signed a declaration agreeing to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. "This shows our shared commitment to fight this scourge of humankind," said Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda after signing the document with his Australian counterpart Alexander Downer. Downer said the declaration "reflects our sha-red determination to work together as a region to eliminate international terrorism and reinforces cooperation Australia has developed with ASEAN countries."