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Indonesia to host talks with Malaysia, Philippines on maritime security after kidnappings

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia hopes next week to secure an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines on conducting joint military patrols on the high seas, where Islamic militants have been on a kidnapping spree, an official said on Thursday (April 28).

The plight of hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf militant group could also be on the agenda when the foreign ministers and military commanders of the three neighbours meet next Thursday in Jakarta for talks.

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