Singapore, US back settlement of East Sea disputes under international law

WEDNESDAY, 05/08/2020 07:13:15

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reiterated US support for Southeast Asian states upholding their sovereign rights and interests in the East Sea under international law.

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP

Pompeo made the affirmation during his recent phone call with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, the US Department of State announced on August 4.

The Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said Singapore's key interest is in maintaining peace and stability the East Sea - one of the world's busiest waterways.

Singapore upholds the right of all states to freedom of navigation and overflight, as well as supports the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, FM Balakrishnan said.

Both sides shared the view on the significance of the longstanding partnership and measures to expand cooperation, covering collaboration within ASEAN and at relevant forums.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed bilateral defence ties and regional tensions over China’s claim that it owns most of the East Sea, the US Department of State said in a readout of the conversation on August 3.

According to the readout, the officials highlighted the US-Indonesia strategic partnership and their shared goal of respect for international law in the East Sea.

Pompeo and Marsudi also stressed the importance of increased public health and economic cooperation to rebuild the two countries’ economies as well as keep the region safe.



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