Jakarta. President Joko Widodo discussed issues pertaining to the delimitation of the country's Exclusive Economic Zone with Vietnam during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in California on Monday (15/02).
The meeting covered three main points: trade and investment cooperation, Joko's upcoming visit to Vietnam and bilateral maritime borders.
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said the president has received Vietnam's commitment to resolve the issue – which concerns maritime borders located 120 nautical miles off Indonesia's coast – as soon as possible.
“We've discussed the matter seven times and our last consultation took place in December 2015,” Retno said in a statement.
Setting maritime boundaries is among Indonesia's top foreign affairs priorities, Retno added.
In a separate bilateral meeting with Laos President Choummaly Sayasone, Joko reiterated his support of the country's recent selection as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
“Congratulations to Laos's chairmanship of Asean. I'm sure the country's leadership will be followed with improvements and success for Asean,” Joko said on Monday.
Joko also hoped that bilateral relations between the two Southeast Asian countries will strengthen, especially in trade, investment and tourism, adding that he welcomed Laos's interest in buying Indonesia's strategic industrial products, such as light transport aircraft.
Several issues remain a priority in Laos's leadership, including improvements in economic and maritime cooperation, peace and stability in the South China Sea, the empowerment of small medium enterprises, prevention of cross-border crimes and the protection of migrant workers, according to the president.