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Indonesia and PH will renew their 1997 defense agreement during the PBBM state visit.

The renewal of a 1997 defense and security agreement between Indonesia and the Philippines will take place during President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s official visit next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday.

“The Philippines and Indonesia’s ongoing defense and military cooperation is largely based on the DSCA, a cooperative agreement that was signed in 1997 in the fields of defense and security. We are renewing this agreement because it has expired, “explained Ma. Teresita Daza, a DFA spokesperson, during a news conference.

The agreement between Jakarta and Manila will act as the primary basis for all defense and security cooperation after its 2020 expiration date.

The renewal, according to Daza, would be “important” given the growth in defense cooperation between the two nations over time.

The collaborations being identified include, among others, joint and combined training activities, border security cooperation, visitation exchanges, education, information sharing, and interoperability development.

Marcos and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will both be present as the agreement is signed by the Department of National Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia.

The Philippine-Indonesia Plan of Action for 2022 to 2027 and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation are also expected to be inked.

The MOU on cultural cooperation aims to advance intercultural communication and understanding as well as the development of connected businesses, according to Daza.

“Solidifying close ties”

It is believed that Marcos’ first state visit will strengthen Manila’s already strong political and diplomatic ties with Jakarta.

Daza said that the two countries have a long porous border as fellow archipelagic states and are close allies in marine cooperation.

In fact, the two parties reached a historic agreement on the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone boundary in 2014, and they are currently negotiating the delimitation of additional continental shelf boundaries.

Additionally, Indonesia has the largest population, market, and economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which offers enormous opportunities for continued economic cooperation.

Several economic agreements between the Philippines and Indonesia as well as Singapore are being prepared for signing, according to Daza, by the Department of Trade and Industry, where Marcos will be traveling on September 6.

“These will actually be customized to the administration’s top priorities. Therefore, among other things, it might involve infrastructure, renewable energy, food and security, and fertilizer importation, “She spoke.

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