“In line with the recommendations of the Malaysia-Singapore Working Group, the Committee also agreed upon practical modalities for operational agencies to avoid untoward incidents on the ground,” the ministry said.
Negotiations during the meeting were led by Malaysian Foreign Ministry Secretary General Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob and Singapore Foreign Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Chee Wee Kiong.
Malaysia’s 19-member delegation during the meeting was made up of representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Attorney-General’s Chambers, National Security Council, Defence Ministry, Transport Ministry, Survey and Mapping Department, National Hydrography Centre, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Marine Department.
The ministry noted that both Malaysia and Singapore were determined to resolve the maritime boundary issue and had agreed to the format of scheduled meetings to ensure continued progress on the matter.
With the commencement of the committee, the ministry added that all recommendations under the Working Group established last Jan 8 by the foreign ministers of both countries had been successfully implemented.