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Malaysia and Singapore set month of truce to settle airspace spat

Foreign ministers also agree to set up working group to discuss maritime dispute

An airport employee prepares to board a Singapore Airlines plane. The city-state's strategy to ramp up airport capacity has sparked a major backlash from Kuala Lumpur.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Malaysia and Singapore on Tuesday agreed to set a one-month target in which to settle their airspace dispute, giving both countries time to negotiate the controversial issue.

Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his Malaysian peer Saifuddin Abdullah met in the city-state to discuss airspace as well as maritime disputes amid continued tensions.

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