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Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to raise wiretapping and espionage at the 2014 ASEAN Summit.
JAKARTA: Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to raise wiretapping and espionage at the 2014 ASEAN Summit.
Recent controversy involving spying was at the top of the agenda at the 10th Annual Consultation held in Jakarta, but it was just one of many agreements reached by the countries' leaders in wide-ranging talks.
In a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that mutual trust and respect was crucial between the various countries in the region.
He said he was delighted Malaysia will support his initiative to tackle spying -- an issue that has reared its head in recent weeks and threatened to derail crucial bilateral partnerships.
Dr Yudhoyono said: "I am happy that the Prime Minister of Malaysia has agreed to my initiative, which I will propose at the ASEAN Summit that we object spying by other ASEAN countries as well as spying between ASEAN countries."
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak echoed similar sentiments, and said: "I agree with the steps mentioned by President Yudhoyono on wiretapping. We will give attention to the issue at the ASEAN Summit and if the president proposes it, Malaysia will support it."
The two countries also agreed to enhance trade to reach its goal of US$30 billion in two-way trade by 2015 through reducing non-tariff barriers and applying the principle of reciprocity in bilateral trade.
As the world's major exporters of palm oil, Indonesia and Malaysia plan to cooperate to stabilise global palm oil prices and object any unfair treatment by other countries that consider the commodity to be damaging towards the environment.
Malaysia and Indonesia also agreed to further involve migrant worker agencies in both countries, so as to encourage migrant workers to seek legal means of working in Malaysia.
Regarding maritime border disputes, both leaders committed to further negotiations to maintain regional stability in a peaceful manner.
Dr Yudhoyono and Mr Najib also presided over the signing of three memoranda of understanding on preventing and combating transnational crimes, student passes, and on youth and sports cooperation.