KUCHING, Sarawak state, Malaysia� Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to release immediately all the fishermen arrested by either country for trespassing in each other's waters.

The understanding was reached between Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the 12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders' Consultation here today.

We realise that these fishermen are poor and it is unjust of us to shut out their source of livelihood, said Najib at a joint press conference with Joko after the talks.

Najib said it was agreed to free the fishermen immediately to enable them to resume their livelihood in their own countries.

He also said that the talks resolved many common issues discussed, demonstrating the good state of the bilateral relations.

We reached agreement on many issues, including on political, economic and social matters, and border cooperation as well as our readiness to resolve the issues so as to open up opportunities for the people of both countries, he said.

Najib said they also discussed the restriction imposed by the European Union on the import of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The European Parliament had called for a single Certified Sustainable Palm Oil scheme for Europe-bound palm and other vegetable oil exports to ensure they are produced in an environmentally sustainable way.

Najib said Malaysia and Indonesia agreed that such restriction was unfair and should be removed because it would affect the source of income of about 600,000 Malaysians and 13.5 million Indonesians.

It had been reported that palm oil producers Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea would work together to oppose the discrimination of the EU palm oil import restriction.


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