Indonesia and the Philippines have agreed to implement a landmark deal that sets maritime boundaries in their overlapping areas. Two countries said they will begin to ratify a deal in August.

According to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the deal which was signed in May will booster economic ties by determining the limits of borders in the Mindanao and Sulawesi seas – marking at the end of 20 years of negotiation.

The implementation of the landmark agreement was tackled during a meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, late Saturday last week.