New joint patrols for SE Asia

Hopes that patrols will suppress militant activity and piracy.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines sign maritime security declaration

Marguerite Afra Sapiie

Foreign ministers and defense force chiefs from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines signed a joint declaration on maritime security on Thursday, calling on all governments in the region to increase efforts to tackle marine threats.

The leaders called for intensified maritime security following the recent kidnapping of seamen by the Southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militant group, and other armed sea robberies, that have endangered national security in the region.

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