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Jakarta Post

SBY to sign agreements during ASEAN trip

  • Mustaqim Adamrah and Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 23 2010   /  11:26 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to sign at least two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) at the 17th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi next week.“Yes, we’ll sign an MoU on defense cooperation with Vietnam,” Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told a press conference on Friday at the ministry.The ASEAN Summit will be held from Thursday until Saturday next week.Presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the two MoUs were expected to be signed next Wednesday when he pays a courtesy call to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.“The first is on defense, and the other one, which is still being drafted, is on maritime and fisheries,” Faizasyah said, adding that both countries might cooperate in development of military industries.Marty said Yudhoyono would also have bilateral meetings with leaders from South Korea, China, New Zealand and the Philippines on the sidelines of the summit...