| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and also the Russian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Victor A Seleznev, hosted a farewell luncheon at the Star Lodge Hotel in Jerudong yesterday for the outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Mohammad Reza Havaseli Ashtiani, and his spouse, Zahra Havaseli Ashtiani.
In his welcoming remarks, Seleznev commended the commitment and charismatic personality of the Iranian ambassador with the outstanding results of strengthening multi-dimensional relationships between Iran and Brunei.
“Posting in the Abode of Peace is another great outcome of a bright and versatile career of the wonderful couple.
“Deeply respected and recognised by Bruneian governmental circles for years of devoted work, they are most sincerely admired by their friends and colleagues including the Diplomatic Corps.
“Their diplomatic capabilities as well as remarkable personal features such as amiability and kind-heartedness have been demonstrated during their tenure here in the Sultanate.”
Mohammad Reza Havaseli Ashtiani was posted as the Ambassador of Iran to Brunei in 2010.
Prior to his term in the Sultanate, he spent over 10 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran and achieved broad experiences in administrative work which helped him to successfully represent his country in Germany and Turkmenistan.
In his farewell speech, Mohammad Reza Havaseli Ashtiani thanked the Diplomatic Corps for hosting the luncheon, and cherished the friendship as well as the support that he and his family received during their term in the Sultanate.
He also thanked the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for the support and cooperation.