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Indonesia, Philippines discuss South China Sea developments – Marcos

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Indonesia, Philippines discuss South China Sea developments – Marcos

MARCOS AND JOKOWI. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., gestures during his visit at the Malacanang Palace, in Manila, Philippines, January 10, 2024.

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'President Widodo and I had a fruitful and honest discussion on regional events of mutual interests such as the developments in the South China Sea and ASEAN cooperation and initiatives,' President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says

MANILA, Philippines – The leaders of the Philippines and Indonesia met on Wednesday, January 10, to discuss a range of regional issues including developments in the South China Sea and closer cooperation among member states of the Southeast Asian bloc.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. hosted his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo for talks in Manila.

“President Widodo and I had a fruitful and honest discussion on regional events of mutual interests such as the developments in the South China Sea and ASEAN cooperation and initiatives,” he said, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Jokowi added in a joint press conference after the meeting that the two countries had agreed to strengthen defense cooperation and existing agreements on border cooperation.

“We agreed to…expedite revision of joint border patrol and crossing agreements, also to strengthen the defense cooperation including on military hardware.” – Rappler.com

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