Joint patrols at last?
Could they finally, actually happen?
Malaysia Set to Launch Joint Sea Patrols with Indonesia, Philippines
Colin Forsythe and Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata
Nearly a year after Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines agreed to launch joint sea patrols to stop piracy and kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants, Malaysian and Indonesian defense officials said trilateral operations would start this month – possibly on Tuesday.
Malaysian officials invited reporters to the Sandakan Sabah Naval Base, in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, where they are expected to launch the joint patrols on April 11. While Indonesian armed forces (TNI) officials have said a launch date has not been set, a defense official confirmed to BenarNews that five journalists would travel to Malaysia for Tuesday’s event.
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