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Malaysia and Singapore to start talks on maritime boundary delimitation.

(9 April 2019)

Malaysia and Singapore are set to begin negotiations to delimit their maritime boundaries.

At a joint press conference, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stated that both countries have suspended the extensions of their overlapping port limits and are commencing negotiations to delimit the maritime boundary.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said a new committee would be created within a month, following Malaysia’s mutual agreement with Singapore to reverse their port limits to the 2018 lines.

Dr Mahathir added “Ultimately, Malaysia believes it is important to delimit all outstanding maritime boundaries between Malaysia and Singapore, and not only to delimit the area surrounding the port limits. It should be for the whole boundary.” 

They also discussed other bilateral issues between the two nations, including airspace, water and connectivity and issued a joint statement addressing the way forward on many of their issues.

The joint statement addresses the long- standing issue regarding water-pricing and states the two countries may consider arbitration to resolve this dispute.

The joint statement can be read in full via the links below.