Indonesia-Palau Agree to Accelerate Maritime Boundary Agreement

Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with Palau State Minister Faustina K. Rehurer-Marugg on the sidelines of a series of UN General Assembly Sessions in New York, USA (21/9).

 

New York, USA: "Minister Rehurer-Marugg and I agree to push for the acceleration of the maritime boundary agreement between our two countries," said Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi after a bilateral meeting with Palau State Minister Faustina K. Rehurer-Marugg on the sidelines of a series of UN General Assembly Sessions in New York, United States (21/9).

As both maritime nations, the two Ministers also discussed maritime cooperation. In this regard, Indonesia and Palau agreed to increase cooperation in handling illegal fishing, in accordance with the MoU which has been agreed in 2016.

In the meeting, Retno expressed the candidacy of Indonesia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020. She emphasized that Indonesia has been and will continue to commit to its contributions to international peace and security, one of them through Indonesia's participation in UN PKO. There are currently about 2800 Indonesian military and police personnel at the UN Peacekeeping Force.

As a member of the Pacific Island Forum, Palau has a strategic position and influence. During this time the cooperation between Indonesia and Palau is very well. Indonesia has provided various trainings to Palau including the use of coconut shells to the Palau people in the framework of technical cooperation in 2016. Both countries have also signed a Joint Communique on Combating IUU Fishing since July 2016.

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Palau has been officially opened on July 6, 2007. The trade value of Indonesia and Palau in 2016 reached US$ 41.83 million. The main commodities of Indonesian exports to Palau are consumer goods. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs).