Trilateral agreement against Abu Sayyaf threat in force: Defense Minister

Countries finally sign pact.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
Indonesia’s Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu claims that the trilateral agreement on maritime security signed by Indonesian, Malaysian, and Philippine defense ministers in early August, has been in force to secure regional waters.
Ryamizard asserted that the three countries had already conducted several measures to secure trade routes in the shared sea territory against threats from Abu Sayyaf, including to begin guarding coal export barges traveling between the countries.
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