Indonesia, Australia sign maritime cooperation plan

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A maritime cooperation action plan was signed by Indonesia and Australia at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney, on Friday.

The plan is expected to boost economic development, maritime security, search and rescue, marine science collaboration, sustainable marine resource management, maritime cultural heritage as well as combat illegal fishing.

"As a maritime country, Indonesia sees this maritime cooperation as a priority," Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Twitter.

Marsudi and Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu also discussed Indo-Pacific architecture with their Australian counterparts Julie Bishop and Marise Payne. Other topics of discussion included maritime security, counterterrorism, people smuggling, cyber security and Pacific diplomacy.

"Exchanging views on Indo-Pacific cooperation. Indonesia wants to ensure that the Indo-Pacific region is a peaceful, stable and prosperous region," Retno Marsudi tweeted on Friday.

The annual meeting between the two countries is to discuss cooperation and the current situation in the region.

Source: ANTARA News

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