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Singapore and Indonesia sign "milestone" maritime treaty

Staff writer |
Singapore and Indonesia have established their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. A treaty was signed which covers the area between Changi and Batam.

The agreement was inked as part of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's state visit to Singapore this week.

Mr. Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the treaty by the foreign ministers of both countries. This is the second maritime boundary treaty which Singapore has signed with Indonesia under Dr Yudhoyono's administration.

Mr. Yudhoyono said the agreement shows how both countries have been able to work together in areas of mutual interest. "In a world marked by tensions and disputes, with this treaty we are demonstrating that with strong political commitment it is possible to achieve mutually acceptable solutions. Through this agreement we set this new milestone in our bilateral relations."

Dr Tan expressed gratitude for Mr. 's efforts to deepen and broaden the partnership between the two countries.

"We have launched a new phase of our economic partnership through the establishment of dedicated working groups and enhanced our cooperation in the islands of Batam, Bintan and Karimun. We have concluded MOUs in areas such as diplomatic training, education and capacity building for public officials."

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