In recent days, the two countries suspended overlapping maritime claims to allow talks and Singapore halted the controversial landing procedures, ahead of a visit by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Malaysia on April 9th.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (Photo: AFP/VNA)
After holding talks in Malaysia’s administrative capital of Putrajaya, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad and his Singaporean counterpart spoke highly of the moves to ease tensions.

Mahathir announced in a press conference that the two sides agreed that the fundamental principle is to resolve issues of concern in a friendly and constructive manner.

As close neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia must expect issues to arise from time to time but provided the countries can address them in a constructive spirit, side effects can be managed, Lee added.

The countries’ leaders also announced talks on their maritime boundaries would begin in a month./.