Indonesia calls on S Korea to increase maritime cooperation

Indonesia calls on S Korea to increase maritime cooperation


Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has asked South Korea to increase cooperation in facing various challenges in the maritime sector.

The Indonesian government submitted the appeal at the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN-South Korea Dialogue in Seoul, as expressed in a press statement received in Jakarta on Saturday.

"The destruction of the marine environment and overfishing are major challenges in the world`s maritime sector and need to be addressed through cooperation among nations," Jose Tavares, Director General of ASEAN Cooperation at the Foreign Ministry, stated.

Tavares was the Chairman of the Indonesian Delegation to the ASEAN-Indonesia Senior Official Meeting.

According to him, ASEAN and South Korean member countries need to work together through an ASEAN-led mechanism to ensure that the cooperation in the marine sector can ensure sustainability and a better future.

He also conveyed Indonesia`s commitment and leadership in the marine sector, one of which was through the proposed East Asia Summit (EAS) Leader Statement on the Regional Action Plan to Combat Plastic Waste at Sea in November 2018.

EAS participating countries also welcomed the New Southern Policy initiative, developed by the South Korean Government, as a commitment to increase cooperation with ASEAN and its member countries.

The policy will pivot on three major issues, namely society, prosperity, and peace.

Improving economic and cultural ties and increasing stability in Southeast Asia and East Asia are reasons for the establishment of the policy initiated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The ASEAN-South Cooperation has been running well for almost 30 years since 1989.

The ASEAN-South Korea partnership was further strengthened in 2010, with increased levels of cooperation, from comprehensive partnerships to strategic partnerships, covering political, economic, and socio-cultural fields.

Reported by Yuni Arisandy