Indonesia, Philippines Agree to Ratify EEZ Agreement
Date 23 Juni 2019
On the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday (22/6) President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte agreed to ratify the agreement on the establishment of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in August.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said that the negotiation has been completed, adding that both Indonesia and the Philippines have ratified the agreement.
“We will distribute the statement, later,” the Foreign Minister said, adding that in August the Philippine Foreign Minister will visit Indonesia to exchange the ratification documents.
“So, our EEZ maritime boundary problem with the Philippines has been resolved,” Retno stated.
The Philippiness agreement to ratify the EEZ, Retno added, was a monumental event because it was agreed upon by two worlds major archipelagic countries.
The Minister went on to say that both leaders have also expressed their hope that the EEZ agreement will take effect this year after the exchange of the ratification documents.
During the meeting, President Jokowi also discussed trade issues as well as expressed his appreciation for the Philippiness cooperation in an effort to free Indonesian hostages by a Philippine separatist group. DND/DID/ES)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Edited by : M. Ersan Pamungkas