Leaders vow to fight illegal fishing together, boost trade
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Leaders vow to fight illegal fishing together, boost trade

Hanoi: After sinking a number of illegal fishing boats in its territorial waters, Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade.

Indonesia has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since Joko took office in 2014, destroying hundreds of foreign fishing boats, mostly from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, left, and Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang review the troops on Tuesday.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, left, and Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang review the troops on Tuesday.Credit:AP

The two leaders witnessed the signing of a declaration on voluntary cooperation in combatting illegal fishing.

"We have agreed to boost cooperation in fighting illegal fishing," he said, adding he hopes the two sides will soon complete their negotiations on the demarcation of their exclusive economic zones.

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Indonesia has sunk dozens of Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai and Malaysian fishing boats since 2016.

Indonesia has sunk dozens of Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai and Malaysian fishing boats since 2016.Credit:Handout

On a three-day visit to Vietnam, Joko said he and his counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, hoped their annual trade would reach $10 billion by 2020 from $6.8 billion now.

"We are committed to continue to strengthen cooperation in trade which over the past three years has seen a relatively good trend," he said through a translator.

Joko also asked Quang to remove trade barriers.

Quang said the two countries were committed to enhancing military and security cooperation to deal with traditional and non-traditional challenges which were increasing in the region.

AP