09 Jun '11, 9pm

Personal relationships play important role in bilateral ties, says Jayakumar: by Tan Weizhen Be it his own "good...

Be it his own "good personal relationship" with his then-Malaysian counterpart, or Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's "warm rapport" with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, personal relationships play an important role in bilateral relations, said Professor S Jayakumar in his new book, Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience. In the book, the former Senior Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister observed that Mr Lee and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak have developed a certain "comfort level and trust", allowing them to resolve longstanding issues in a mutually-beneficial way. For instance, the Points of Agreement (POA) deal - which saw the land-swap agreement over Malaysian railway land finalised - was "clearly a win-win outcome", removing "a major obstacle to bilateral relations", wrote Prof Jayakumar in his book, which was launched yesterday. Likewise with Indones...

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