Indonesia, Philippines to ratify landmark maritime boundary deal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo jointly announced the timeline to ratify a deal in August to establish the boundary in the Mindanao and Celebes seas, on June 22, 2019.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo jointly announced the timeline to ratify a deal in August to establish the boundary in the Mindanao and Celebes seas, on June 22, 2019.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Indonesia and the Philippines said they will begin to ratify a deal in August to establish a boundary between overlapping so-called exclusive economic zones.

The deal, which was signed in May, will bolster economic ties by determining the limits of borders in the Mindanao and Celebes seas - marking the end of 20 years of negotiations.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo jointly announced the timeline during a meeting on the sidelines of the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok late on Saturday (June 22).

"This ratification will provide legal certainty for law enforcement and increase maritime cooperation," according to the statement released by the Indonesian government.