Australia and Malaysia have adopted an agreement to disrupt the transit of asylum-seekers from Southeast Asia to Indonesia, where they board boats heading for Australian waters.

At a press briefing on October 25, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that the deal was reached during his visit to Kuala Lumpur, which included a meeting with Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, this week.

Malaysia is a critical geographic link in the human trafficking chain to Australia, he said.

Disrupting arrivals at Kuala Lumpur International Airport or across the Thai-Malay border or preventing the passage to Sumatra across the Malacca Strait is as vital, he added.

Minister Morrison said the two countries will strengthen information and intelligence sharing and immediately launch joint programmes on human trafficking.-VNA