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Foreign Ministry: M’sia committed to resolve issues with S’pore, despite ‘recent incidents’

Bernama

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Modified 19 Jan 2019, 3:53 am

Malaysia is committed to resolving bilateral issues with Singapore in a peaceful and calm manner, Wisma Putra said in statement today.

The Foreign Ministry said, in view of this, diplomatic efforts are underway to find amicable solutions to issues of concern to both countries.

“Despite recent incidents that seemed to undermine on-going diplomatic efforts, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah received a letter with positive undertones from Singapore’s Foreign Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan,” the statement added.

Wisma Putra said Saifuddin also met Balakrishnan at the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Chiang Mai, Thailand from Jan 17 to 18.

The statement further said that a meeting between the Malaysian Foreign Ministry secretary-general Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob and the Singaporean Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Chee Wee Kiong is scheduled to be held on Jan 28.

The meeting is to discuss and find solutions to Malaysia-Singapore maritime issues, as well as the legal and operational matters in order to de-escalate the situation on the ground, and provide a basis for further discussions and negotiations, Wisma Putra said.


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It added that in the coming weeks, Transport Minister Anthony Loke will also be meeting his Singaporean counterpart Khaw Boon Wan to discuss the way forward on airspace related issues between both countries including the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and ILS Approach Procedures for Seletar Airport, Singapore.

“These continuing efforts signify the steadfast commitment of Malaysia to pursue diplomatic solutions to bilateral issues with its closest neighbour Singapore, in a peaceful and constructive manner, on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” Wisma Putra said.

This was consistent with the understanding reached between the Foreign Ministers of Malaysia and the Republic of Singapore on Jan 8, 2019 in Singapore, it added.

Bernama

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