Agreement reached at long last.
Indonesia to start joint sea patrols with Malaysia, Philippines
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday signed a document on standard operating procedures (SOP) for trilateral maritime cooperation, marking the official start of coordinated joint sea patrols to secure regional waters.
The signing of the framework was the result of a two-day trilateral defense ministers’ meeting held in Bali from Aug. 1 to 2, where the ministers discussed follow-ups from a joint declaration on maritime security made in Yogyakarta in May.
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