Wisma Putra: JMCIM postponed, Azmin to still meet Singapore ministers on other issues

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Jan 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Wisma Putra has confirmed that the 14th  Meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM) has been postponed.

The Foreign Ministry said that Singapore had sought the postponement of the meeting, scheduled for Monday (Jan 14), via a diplomatic note dated Jan 11.

It was reported that Singapore wanted the meeting postponed because Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian had allegedly trespassed into Singapore waters on Jan 9 during a visit to the Johor Baru port.

Osman had insisted that he did not trespass into Singapore waters and that all he did was to watch Malaysian security teams do their job.

Wisma Putra said, however, that Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would still meet his Singaporean counterpart Lawrence Wong and Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishan to discuss other bilateral issues.

"This demonstrates that ties between the two countries remain strong. The meeting will form the next positive step forward after the fruitful bilateral meeting held between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and Singapore on Jan 8,” it said in a statement on Sunday (Jan 13).

Wisma Putra said the two foreign ministers were in communication and agreed that both sides should remain calm and not sensationalise the matter.

"The ministry is confident that the current momentum of engagement between Malaysia and Singapore will continue and reiterates its commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with Singapore based on equality and mutual respect," it added. - Bernama

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