Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi. (Source: themalaysianreserve.com)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have agreed to establish  a trilateral cooperation to fight activities and ideas of the self-claimed Islamic State (IS) in the region, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi on January 26.

Zahid stressed that the cooperation was approved by leaders of three countries, including Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under the agreement, the three nations will work together to discover terrorist militants and bring an end to IS’ influence in the region.

The cooperation was first reached by Duterte and Widodo, followed by Malaysia after the meeting between Duterte and Najib during the Philippine President’s official visit to Malaysia last year, said Hazid.-VNA