Thursday, 27 June 2019 | 15:09 WIB

Indonesia-Malaysia to Settle Border Dispute

Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Malaysia Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah

Jakarta, NNC - The Indonesian and Malaysian governments have committed to accelerate and intensify efforts to solve various border disputes between the two countries.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah expressed their commitment during the bilateral meeting at the Foreign Ministry's Pancasila Building between in Jakarta on Monday.

"Efforts to solve border issues has always been the top priority of both countries, so negotiations must be intensified in order to solve the problem one by one," Marsudi said.

Marsudi says President Joko Widodo stressed the importance of overcoming border issues between Indonesia and Malaysia. The Malaysian government has also addressed similar commitments.

"We have agreed to try and solve the problem gradually," Saifuddin Abdullah said.

During the bilateral meeting, both ministers have agreed to start discussions and negotiations on border issues at the technical level.

"We have agreed to give full authority to the technical team negotiating border issues to intensify the process," Marsudi said, as quoted by Antara.

"I think this is a new approach. Stakeholders discuss issues that can be solved immediately, so that not many border problems would be delayed," Saifuddin added.

"We will be sorting issues to be solved first. The ones we consider important is the one we will settle first," Saifuddin said.