RI and Philippines agree to extend patrolling areas

RI and Philippines agree to extend patrolling areas

Indonesia-Philippine (ANTARA/rk)

Manado, North Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - The chairmen`s meeting between Indonesian and Philippine Border Committee (RI-RPBC) agreed to extend patrolling areas.

Wirabuana Division commander Major General Amril Amir said here on Wednesday that during the meeting, ten items had been agreed on.

"The ten items include extension of patrolling areas, joint SAR exercises, intelligence information exchange, and border crossing control," Amril Amir said following the RI-RPBC meeting here.

Amril Amir, who is also Indonesian chief delegate, said in the discussion of the previous meeting in Davao, the Philippines, discussions had been held very carefully to get the agreement on extension of patrolling areas between the two sides.

"In the area extension there are areas which had been agreed by two sides, namely what area could be entered by the Philippine navy and which by the Indonesian navy.

He said the cooperation between the two countries in such a meeting had already been held since 1980.

"This is the 29th time, and in the process we improved and made an evaluation on the cooperation," he said.

East Mindanao commander Maj Gen Arthur I Tabaquero said as a neighboring country and Asean member country the joint activity is very important.(*)