"We are giving priorities to the safety and security of the Indonesian migrant workers..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Wednesday suggested that the Malaysian and Philippine governments should solve the dispute on Sabah through peace efforts.

"It is better for both countries to solve the core problem through a peaceful means since they are ASEAN members," said Marty in an interview with ANTARA News after the opening of the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue (JIDD) 2013 in the Jakarta Convention Center.

Marty believes that the Malaysian and Philippine governments have built positive communications to solve the problem, rather than resorting to military actions.

On the Indonesian Migrant workers condition in Sabah, Marty said that there was no repatriation by the Foreign Ministry.

"Until today, there is no indication on the increase in the numbers of migrant workers who return to Indonesia after the Malaysian government and officials of the Federal Land Development Agency (Felda) Sahabat guaranteed their needs and security," said Marty.

Minister Marty also appreciated the Malaysian government`s efforts to secure and fulfill the needs of migrant workers.

"We are giving priorities to the safety and security of the Indonesian migrant workers and also are continuing our efforts to coordinate with the Consulate General of Tawau," said Marty.

The minister said that his ministry will welcome the visit of Philippine Foreign Minister Albert F del Rosario on Friday (March 22) to hold a bilateral discussion.

"I would welcome the Philippine foreign minister on Friday in Jakarta. We will have a bilateral discussion," said Marty.

Marty said did not know whether they had agenda to discuss about the Sabah dispute. ***1***


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