Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla RI), Vice Admiral Aan Kurnia, and Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam, Denny Abdi, recently discussed efforts to resolve territorial border disputes.

In a statement received here on Thursday, Kurnia said the meeting was an effort to catalyze the settlement of border issues between Indonesia and Vietnam.

"We will continue to strive to build trust and capacity with all neighboring countries in the region," Kurnia remarked.

The meeting also provided an overview to build the perspective of law enforcement officials in the country on border issues, according to the statement.

Kurnia said Bakamla welcomed the progress made in resolving the border issues and voiced support for strengthening cooperation in the maritime zone.

"We really hope that in 2023, when Indonesia holds the ASEAN chairmanship, the ASEAN Coast Guard forum can be formed as a legacy to encourage the realization of a safe and peaceful maritime (environment) in the region," he added.

According to Bakamla, it currently enjoys good relations with the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) with whom it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on December 28, 2021.

Kurnia said Bakamla has received support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the ratification of its activities.

In the meeting at the Bakamla Headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday, Kurnia shared the latest security trends in the region, especially in the waters adjacent to or bordering Vietnam.

He also conveyed the plan to strengthen cooperation between Bakamla RI and VCG.

The meeting was attended by First Political Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi, Fenny Zamzari; Bakamla’s director of cooperation, Commodore Purwanto Djoko; Bakamla’s director of training, Commodore Suwito; and head of Bakamla's Maritime Distress Information Center (KPIML), Colonel Jan Lucky Boy.

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