KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and the United States have agreed to set up a centre to counter propaganda on terrorism.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the centre will address terrorism and extremism using counter narratives and portray the true picture of Islam.
"It is not only military solutions that are required to win (the fight against terrorism). But to sway the hearts and mind of people by presenting counter narratives, the authentic Islam and a true picture of Islam," he said.
Najib was speaking to reporters after holding a bilateral meeting with United States President Barack Obama this evening.
The prime minister said the Asean region was not immune from violence and extremism, of which there were groups that were aligned to the Islamic State.
"The position of Malaysia is very clear as we are against IS, as it is evil and a perversion of Islam.
"We will work with the US and other like minded nations on this," he said.
The prime minister said he and Obama also discussed on other issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the South China Sea issue and climate change.
Najib said he also expressed Malaysia's commitment to reform and ensure peace and stability in the country.