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President Jokowi Witnessed The Signing of a Cross-Border Agreement between The Minister of Home Affairs Tito with the Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia

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MALAYSIA – The Minister of Home Affairs Muhammad Tito Karnavian agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Cross-Border Agreement with the Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs Dato’ Seri Saifuddin Nasution.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a meeting held at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya, Malaysia, Thursday (8/6).

The agreement contains 18 articles, including regarding purposes, definitions, cross-border passes, officials authorized to control, information on cross-border passes, immigration procedures at entry/exit points, and law enforcement.

Another article regulates the establishment and amendment of the Indonesian border area, the Malaysian border area, entry/exit points, and access areas.

Not only that, the agreement also stipulates the refusal of entry in terms of violating the agreement, deportation or transfer and repatriation, as well as prohibition to work and invalidity.

Matters of compliance with other border control requirements are also regulated in the agreement.

Joint technical committees, secrecy and suspension are also part of the regulated articles.

The next articles regulated in the agreement are regarding revisions, modifications and amendments, dispute resolution, sustainability, time period, and termination.

In addition to the signing of the MoU between the Minister of Home Affairs Tito and the Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia, on that occasion another MoU was also signed between other ministers from the two neighboring countries.

The signing of the MoU included the Border Trade Agreement between the Indonesian Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan and the Malaysian Minister of Maritime Affairs, Trade and Industry Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

Then, a MoU regarding the Sea Boundary Agreement for the Southern Malacca Strait Segment was also signed between the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Diraja Zambry Abdul Kadir.

The two Foreign Ministers also agreed on a MoU on the Sea Boundary Agreement for the Sulawesi Sea Segment.

Other MoUs that were agreed were Investment Promotion Cooperation between the Indonesian Minister of Investment Bahlil Lahadalia and the Malaysian Minister of Maritime, Trade and Industry Tengku Zafrul Aziz as well as the subsequent agreement on Halal Certification between the Head of the Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency of the Ministry of Religion Muhammad Aqil Irham with Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Advancement of Islamic Malaysia Datuk Hakimah Mohd Yusoff.

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