Singapore expresses concern over Sumatra forest fires

Singapore expresses concern over Sumatra forest fires

Marty Natalegawa. (ANTARA/Dhoni Setiawan)

The two governments will to hold a senior official meeting to discuss the issue soon.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Singapore government has conveyed its concern over fires in Sumatra that has caused haze in that country, Indonesia`s foreign minister Marty Natalegawa said.

"Singapore`s foreign minister (K. Shanmugam) has communicated with us and each of us has conveyed information about the impact of the cross-border problem and measures would be taken," he said here on Wednesday.

In line with that, he said, the office of the coordinating minister of people`s welfare and other institutions concerned including the environment ministry have started conducting coordination and taking efforts to tackle the problem.

The Singaporean authorities have also conducted cooperation with the Indonesian government with regard to it, he said.

In view of that Marty called for prevention of any impression as if Indonesia has taken no concrete action or ignored it with impunity to cause a problem in Southeast Asia.

The two governments will to hold a senior official meeting to discuss the issue soon, he added.

(Reporting by Indra Arief Pribadi/Uu.H-YH)

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