Duterte, Widodo issue joint statement on cooperation vs terrorism, illegal drugs

  • Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo issued a joint statement
  • They promised to cooperate against terrorism and drug trafficking
  • The two nations also agreed to work together in securing their maritime borders

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, together with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, issued a joint cooperation between in their two countries promising to fight terrorism and drug trafficking, as well as strengthening maritime security in the region.

“We agreed to work together to prevent, arrest, and prosecute all those who seek to sow fear and terror in our societies. We shared a deep concern over the trade of illicit and illegal drugs and its impact on our society. We will seek ways to intensify cooperation and the campaign against this menace. We will do out part in contributing to the aim of a drug-free ASEAN community,” Duterte said, as previously quoted by GMA News.

The two island nations also vowed to work together in securing the Sulu Sea and other waters which both countries have common interest in.

“As two of the largest archipelagos in the world, we recognize the value of maritime cooperation and we will explore in this area, particularly among resource development, and of course, arrangements between aquatic resources’ expertise in the shipbuilding industry,” Duterte further elaborated.

Duterte also extended his invitation for Widodo to visit the Philippines.

“I look forward to work closely with my friend and brother,” he said.

President Duterte made his first official visit to Indonesia after attending the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane, Laos.

The Philippines is set to take the Chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017, as the organization will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.