Palm Springs, California (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian and Vietnamese governments have agreed to accelerate efforts to find a solution to the maritime border dispute involving the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between both nations.

The maritime border issue was discussed during a bilateral meeting between President Joko Widodo and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung here, Monday, prior to the ASEAN-US Summit.

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi stated at a press conference held after the bilateral meeting that the maritime border dispute between the two countries had existed since long.

"We have held seven meetings, so far, and the last one was in December 2015," she noted.

Seeking solutions to border disputes have become a priority agenda of Indonesias international politics, she added.

"Therefore, we are trying to deal with all border problems. It happens that with Vietnam, there is an EEZ issue that has not been solved, and the president has given an instruction to address it immediately," she noted.

During the bilateral meeting, the two leaders agreed to speed up the solution to the maritime border dispute, she added.

Vietnam and Indonesia held the seventh Technical Meeting on the Delimitation of the EEZ in Hanoi on December 15-17 last year.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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