Singapore and Indonesia have made good progress on key bilateral issues: MFA


SINGAPORE – Singapore and Indonesia have made good progress in discussions on key bilateral issues, in accordance with the framework the two countries agreed to in 2019, a spokesperson for the Singaporean Ministry of Affairs said Monday (January 3). foreign (MAE).

While the MFA spokesperson did not specify what the key issues were, the 2019 framework addresses two issues: airspace management and military training.

The framework was approved by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat on October 8, 2019.

Commenting on the framework at the time, Prime Minister Lee said, “This framework recognizes that the fundamental interests and rights of both countries must be recognized and respected. And that Indonesia and Singapore should negotiate agreements on these two issues that are durable and for the long term. transport. “

He added that the framework provides a solid and comprehensive basis for developing solutions to the two problems, separately but simultaneously.

The MFA spokesman said on Monday that since the retirement, the two countries have had extensive discussions on the issues.

“We welcome the good progress made in these discussions to reach a balanced set of agreements on these long-term issues,” he said, adding that Singapore looked forward to concluding the talks at the next retreat. leaders, which is expected will soon be hosted by Indonesia.

He added that Singapore’s Foreign Ministry is working closely with its Indonesian counterpart to organize the next retreat in Indonesia.


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