Jakarta, Oct 29 (Antara) - Chief of the Indonesia sea security agency (Bakamla) Vice Admiral Desi Albert Mamahit discussed possible areas of cooperation with United States Coast Guard Commander Admiral Paul F. Zunkunft in Washington.

According to a written press statement from Bakamla received here on Thursday, the talks were held during President Joko Widodos recent visit to the United States.

Mamahit expressed hope that cooperation with the United States Coast Guard would be realized to increase the capacity of Bakamla and its human resources.

He also spoke of the possibility of Bakamla personnel being imparted education or training in the field of sea security in the United States to improve technical capabilities in carrying out their jobs.

The chief of Bakamla and commander of the United States Coast Guard also exchanged views on the development of sea security in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific.

At the end of the meeting, the Bakamla chief stated that any cooperation to be built would be based on the principles of equality and legally non-binding and mutual understanding, although they would not be part of a memorandum of understanding.

Admiral Zunkunft hoped Bakamla would participate in strengthening sea security in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

(Reporting by Dewanto Samodro/Tz.D018/H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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