Singapore Foreign Minister thanks MB, Johor govt for their cooperation since start of Covid-19 pandemic

JOHOR BARU: Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has thanked Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and the state government for their cooperation with the island republic since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vivian Balakrishnan said that he and Hasni have kept in frequent contact throughout the pandemic.

"(I am) happy that Singapore and Johor have worked closely since the start of the pandemic, and I thank Datuk Hasni for the unwavering support and cooperation of the Johor state government.

"We have kept supply chains open, and progressively restored cross-border travel arrangements for business, official and work purposes, through the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA)," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Dec 10).

He said that he and the Mentri Besar had an online video conference on Thursday morning to discuss several matters concerning Johor and Singapore.

"We discussed re-opening borders for different groups of cross-border commuters, but with the priority on safeguarding public health on both sides.

"We also welcomed closer economic ties between Singapore and Johor, through mutually beneficial projects, and spoke about forging closer bonds between the civil servants on both sides," he said.

He added that Singapore and Johor share deep historical and people-to-people ties, and would continue to work closely together.

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