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Indonesia backs off in line with Australia for fishing boats set on fire


Mustafa Arsad, the head of the Timor Sea Traditional Fishermen Alliance, said Australia had the right to destroy the boats, which “went very deep into Australian waters”.

“They have far surpassed the Ashmore Islands. It was already close to Broome. So it’s normal for Australia to intervene, “he said.

“The [fishermen] made mistakes. In fact, since the beginning of September, many fishing boats have been sent out of Australian waters by the Australian authorities. Perhaps because it has happened frequently, Australia has now burned boats to give a deterrent effect. “

Starting from East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia’s southernmost province, the fishermen took the risk of entering Australian waters because “the catch is better,” Mustafa said.

“But it only happened this year. We didn’t fish there last year, “he said.

The offshore raids were conducted by the Australian Maritime Border Command, a joint task force of the ABF and the Australian Defense Force, as part of a new operation against illegal fishing off the Ashmore Island and Cartier Island marine parks, launched at April.


Payne flew to Jakarta to meet her counterpart Retno Marsudi after a five-day regional trip she had taken to Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The goal was largely to address the region’s dismay at Australia’s ambitions to acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines under the new AUKUS agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom.

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss is also on a week-long diplomatic mission to Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

The region’s recovery from the pandemic was also on the agenda, and on Wednesday Payne announced the commitment of an additional 2.7 million doses of the vaccine to Vietnam, after a previous 1.5 million round shipment to Hanoi. Australia has also pledged to help the country acquire another 3.7 million rounds.



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