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Singapore-Jakarta treaty 'sends key signal amid rising global tension'

Yudhoyono: Boundary pact shows mutually acceptable solution possible

Published on Sep 4, 2014 6:39 AM

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said his country's signing of a maritime boundary delimitation agreement with Singapore was an important signal amid concern over recent global developments.

"In a world marked by tension and disputes, with this treaty, we are demonstrating that with strong political commitment, it is possible to achieve mutually acceptable solutions," he said yesterday in a speech at a state banquet at the Istana to honour his visit.

"Through this agreement, we celebrate a new milestone in our bilateral relations."

Earlier in the afternoon, Dr Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the treaty demarcating boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait, between their respective foreign ministers, Dr Marty Natalegawa and Mr K. Shanmugam.

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