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Vietnam, Indonesia vow to fight illegal fishing, boost trade

AP  |  Hanoi 

Indonesian "Jokowi" said Tuesday that his country and have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade.

Speaking at a joint briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, Jokowi said they hope their annual trade will reach $10 billion by 2020 from $6.8 billion now.

"We are committed to continue to strengthen cooperation in trade which over the past three years has seen a relatively good trend," he said through a

Jokowi also asked Quang to remove trade barriers.

has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since Jokowi took office in 2014, destroying hundreds of foreign fishing boats, mostly from Vietnam, the Philippines, and

The two leaders witnessed the signing of a declaration on voluntary cooperation in combatting illegal fishing.

"We have agreed to boost cooperation in fighting illegal fishing," he said, adding he hopes the two sides will soon complete their negotiations on the demarcation of their exclusive economic zones.

Quang said the two countries are committed to enhancing military and security cooperation to deal with traditional and non-traditional challenges which were increasing in the region.

Jokowi is on a three-day visit to Vietnam, where he will also attend the meetings.

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 19:15 IST