The Jakarta Post
Indonesia and the Philippines are forging ahead to finalize negotiations on overlapping maritime boundaries, the move comes following a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries on Friday, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
The neighboring countries signed a maritime border accord in 2014 on the overlapping exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Indonesian Celebes Sea and the Philippine Mindanao Sea.
"[We] have both agreed on the need to accelerate the settlement of negotiations on the continental shelf boundaries of the two countries," Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a press statement following a meeting with her Philippines counterpart Perfecto Yasay in Manila on Friday.
Retno is the first foreign dignitary to meet with the new Philippines foreign secretary. The meeting was a day after the inauguration of the new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30.
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