Minister’s visit to Brunei to strengthen 40 years of diplomatic ties including in trade and investment 


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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan undertook his first official visit to Brunei Darussalam on 15th February 2024 since he assumed office in December 2023.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement said Mohamad who was accompanied by senior officials of the ministry had an audience with His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan during which bilateral and international matters of mutual interest were discussed.

“The Foreign Minister expressed his commitment to the strengthening of Malaysia-Brunei ties including in trade and investment.

“On the international front, he reiterated that the conflict in Palestine is not just a religious issue but a universal humanitarian issue and called for all parties to take united and decisive action to stop the hostilities in Gaza,” the Ministry said in a statement here today (Thursday).

The statement added, that the Foreign Minister also held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs II of Brunei Darussalam, Dato Seri Setia Erywan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Mohd. Yusof. Both ministers discussed the progress of the outcome of the 24th Annual Leader’s Consultation, which was held on 3rd August 2023 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The statement also highlighted that both parties lauded the proposed launch of the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office (STATO) in the second quarter of this year, which is aimed at promoting trade exchanges and enhancing the tourism sector in both countries.

“The official visit has further strengthened the longstanding bilateral relations between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam and this year both countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

“In 2023, total bilateral trade between Malaysia and Brunei stood at USD2.04 billion (RM9.31 billion). Brunei Darussalam was Malaysia’s 30th largest trading partner and 6th largest among ASEAN Member States,” the statement said.- Malaysia World News

 

 


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