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Singapore, Malaysia move to cool airspace and sea disputes

AP  |  Singapore 

Officials from and have met and agreed to resolve disputes over and that have driven a wedge between the Southeast Asian neighbors.

The spat concerns waters off western that both countries have formally claimed. They also disagree on an instrument landing system used by a civilian airport since January that allows landings in low visibility. argues that the landings would encroach on its and has declared an area as restricted for military activities.

On Tuesday, Singapore and his Malaysian counterpart, Saifuddin Abdullah, suspended the landing system and restrictions for a month to allow further discussions. They also announced a working group to ease maritime tensions.

The countries were briefly merged in 1963 but separated soon after.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:10 IST