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JAKARTA – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) raised the South China Sea issue in talks with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak here on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, who accompanied Jokowi during the meeting, said the two government leaders discussed wide-ranging bilateral and regional issues.
“The South China Sea issue was also discussed by President Jokowi and Prime Minister Najib in the annual consultative meeting,” Retno said.
She said in principle, Indonesia attached importance to respecting international law including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982.
She said Indonesia does not want the South China Sea to become an arena for “power projection” by big powers.
“That was the essence of what the president said at the meeting and Prime Minister Najib also expressed his agreement with the principles we adopt so far,” she said.
The two leaders also discussed ways of promoting bilateral cooperation in area defense and security, sea and land border issues, economic cooperation and labor issues.
Jokowi and Najib witnessed the signing of two documents of cooperation agreements – Agreement on Host Country for Secretariat of Palm Oil Producing Countries and Agreement on ASEAN Banking Integration Framework(ABIF) between the Financial Service Authority (OJK) and Malaysian State Bank.
Najib is on a working visit to the country to attend the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) to start here on Tuesday until Thursday.