M’sia seeks deal with Vietnam over sea intrusions

  • Nation
  • Monday, 17 Feb 2020

KUANTAN: Malaysia intends to enter into an agreement with the Vietnamese government to overcome encroachment of deep-sea fishermen from the republic into the country’s territorial waters, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said that such an agreement had already been signed between Malaysia and Indonesia and that a similar agreement could also be signed with Vietnam.

Such a deal would also be a follow-up to the letter of intent that was signed in August last year which sought to resolve the encroachment problem.

“We take it seriously because lately there has been an increase in the number of foreign fishing boats encroaching into Malaysian waters in the east coast, with most of them from Vietnam, ” he said.

Saifuddin added that 141 Vietnamese fishermen were detained last year for encroaching into Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Vietnam had given a positive response to the matter as the republic was aware of the problem, Saifuddin told reporters at the Balok Fisherman Integration Programme here yesterday.

On the Asean-China Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Laos this Thursday, he said the meeting would discuss efforts on addressing Covid-19 (novel coronavirus).

“The objective of the meeting is to strengthen cooperation between Asean and China in addressing the Covid-19 infection.

“The meeting will also enable us to exchange notes and experiences as well as hear briefings by the Chinese Foreign Minister on the latest development involving the Covid-19 outbreak, ” said Saifuddin. — Bernama

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