Philippine security force controls a pirate ship (Source: Reuters)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Governments of the Philippines and Indonesia have agreed to step up cooperation in ensuring maritime security to fight against piracy conducted by extremists on the waters between the two countries.

The agreement was reached during April 28 talks between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo who is in the Philippines to attend the 30th ASEAN Summit.

The two leaders discussed security issues of common interest, the drug fight, trade relations, and people-to-people exchanges.

They also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation, including technical assistance, joint research and consultation.

The two Presidents expressed their hopes that ASEAN conferences in 2017 will be successful, and affirmed their pledge to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region.-VNA