Indonesia, Malaysia Agree to Intensify Negotiation on Maritime Borders
Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi on Tuesday (12/4) met with her Malaysian counterpart Sri Anifah Amman on the sidelines of the Council of the Foreign Ministers, which is a preparatory meeting (on 12-13 April 2016) before the 13th Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on 14-15 April 2016.
During the talk, both leaders agreed to intensify negotiation on the problems of maritime borders between Indonesia and Malaysia. The two ministers also agreed to appoint a Special Envoy from the two countries to expedite the negotiation process.
The appointment of the Special Envoy is believed to be able to accelerate efforts to resolve maritime borders problems and in turn, it will help prevent incidents among fishermen from the two countries, according to the press release of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (13/4).
Both Retno and Anifah believe that resolving problems of maritime borders will help prevent incidents among fishermen from the two countries.
During the talk, the two ministers also underscored the importance of boosting security in the maritime territory of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), including in areas that are rampant with hostage.
Security in ASEAN maritime territory will substantially affect economic development in the region, said Spokesperson of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arrmanatha Nasir on Tuesday (12/4).
For the record, the Indonesian delegation at the 13th Summit of the OIC will be led by Vice President Jusuf Kalla. (DIT INFOMES KEMLU/ES) (Naster/YM/EP)