MEETING OF MINDS: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Barack Obama discuss the fight against terrorism during a meeting in the Oval Office.
MEETING OF MINDS: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Barack Obama discuss the fight against terrorism during a meeting in the Oval Office. Carolyn Kasterap

Turnbull and Obama share common ground on IS

TERRORISM and the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal were at the top of the agenda during Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's first visit to the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama.

Mr Obama noted Australia was the second largest contributor of ground troops, behind the US, in the fight against IS.

Referring to last Thursday's terrorist attacks in Jakarta, the President said South-East Asia had generally done a very effective job fighting extremism, but it was an area "that we have to pay attention to and watch".

"I'm very much looking forward to hearing from Malcolm his impressions about how we can continue to focus on what we call the parent tumour of ISIL (IS) in Iraq and Syria, and the important work that we have to do together on countering violent extremism generally," he said.

Mr Turnbull said Australia and the US constantly had to lift their game in the way they engaged and tackled extremists.


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