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Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Maritime Security in the Sulu Sea

KUALA LUMPUR: A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on maritime security in the Sulu Sea is expected to be established during a trilateral technical meeting between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia tomorrow.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican said the meeting is the result of a common pledge by the three nations to address maritime crimes following cases of hijacking of ships as well as kidnappings. "This is the first technical meeting between the three countries, which had held a trilateral meeting earlier (this month).

"The SOP will, among others, establish cooperation in intelligence-sharing and sea patrolling to curb kidnappings, which is a cause of concern to all including the Indonesian government, as its citizens have also become victims (to pirates)," he said in reply to a question by Dr Tang Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong) in parliament today.

The three countries had earlier this month agreed to a four-point plan to curb hijackings and kidnappings by establishing three-way coordination efforts including sea patrols. Read More :

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