Singapore says Malaysia ties in ‘downward spiral’ but hopes for amicable outcome

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (left) shakes hands with his Singaporean counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan before a bilateral meeting in Singapore January 8, 2019. — Picture courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (left) shakes hands with his Singaporean counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan before a bilateral meeting in Singapore January 8, 2019. — Picture courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SINGAPORE, Jan 14 — Singapore’s foreign minister said today ties with neighbouring Malaysia have been in a “downward spiral” over a series of maritime and airspace disputes but hoped the issues could be resolved amicably.

Singapore’s Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and his Malaysian counterpart, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, met last week and agreed to take steps to de-escalate tensions over the air and maritime disputes. — Reuters

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