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Malaysia, Indonesia step up border security cooperation

Malaysia and Indonesia need to make greater efforts in ensuring border security, said Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

Hussein made the statement during the 40th meeting of the Malaysia-Indonesia General Border Committee on September 28, which he co-chaired with his visiting Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu.

The Malaysian minister said the two countries will set up five more joint command posts along the borders in Sabah and Sarawah states of Malaysia and Kalimantan region of Indonesia to prevent any possible activities of insurgent groups.

Along with joint marine patrols of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, the three countries also will conduct trilateral air and land patrols, he added.

With five additional centres, the two countries will have nine joint command posts which are expected to increase cooperation, information exchange and border control of the two countries’ armies.

During his visit to Malaysia, Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu also met with Prime Minister Najib Razak, source from Vietnamplus.

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