M’sia eyes peaceful solution to S’pore issues

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 20 Jan 2019

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

Diplomatic efforts are underway to find amicable solutions to issues of concern to both countries, the Foreign Ministry said.

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

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

The statement said a meeting between the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob and the Per­manent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Chee Wee Kiong, was scheduled to be held on Jan 28.

The meeting aimed to find solutions to Malaysia-Singapore maritime issues, as well as legal and operational matters to de-escalate the situation on the ground.

In the coming weeks, Wisma Putra said, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook would also meet 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. — Bernama

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