Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) and Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos inspect the guard of honor at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, Sept. 5, 2022. Indonesia and the Philippines on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on intensifying maritime security cooperation in the waters of their border areas. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)
JAKARTA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia and the Philippines signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on intensifying maritime security cooperation on the waters of their border areas.
The MoU was signed during the state visit to Indonesia by Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, who met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Monday. Marcos is on a three-day visit to Indonesia from Sept. 4.
"We have agreed to review our security agreements in terms of border crossing and border patrols," Widodo said in a virtual press conference aired by his presidential secretariat office.
"It is important to ensure the security and safety of our waterways in a bid to avoid any unwanted crimes, such as kidnappings," said the Indonesian president. ■