Joko meets Vietnam PM to discuss delimitation of EEZ in US visit

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo discussed issues pertaining to the delimitation of the country's Exclusive Economic Zone with Vietnam during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in California on Monday, according to The Jakarta Globe.

The meeting covered three main points: trade and investment cooperation, Joko’s upcoming visit to Vietnam and bilateral maritime borders.

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said the president has received Vietnam’s commitment to resolve the issue – which concerns maritime borders located 120 nautical miles off Indonesia’s coast – as soon as possible. Setting maritime boundaries is among Indonesia’s top foreign affairs priorities, Retno added.

In a separate bilateral meeting with Laos President Choummaly Sayasone, Joko reiterated his support of the country’s recent selection as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Joko also hoped that bilateral relations between the two Southeast Asian countries will strengthen, especially in trade, investment and tourism, adding that he welcomed Laos’s interest in buying Indonesia’s strategic industrial products, such as light transport aircraft.