THE US Department of State’s Special Representative to Muslim communities, Shaarik Zafar, yesterday spoke at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) about Islam in America and the US engagement with Muslim communities around the world, on behalf of the US Department of State.
The presentation was attended by some 50 students and faculty members of UNISSA.
Shaarik Zafar said, “There are diverse Muslim communities around the world and they care about the same things as all other communities: a clean environment, a growing economy, and a peaceful and secure world. As a special representative, my role is to drive Secretary Kerry’s engagement with these communities on issues of mutual interest and in support of shared goals.”
United States Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel L Shields, added, “This is an exciting year for the US-Brunei relationship as we celebrate 30 years of friendship and diplomatic relations. A strong priority of that relationship is encouraging people-to-people contact between the people of Brunei and the United States. We welcome Shaarik Zafar’s visit and hope that it will further facilitate our engagement on issues of importance to us both.”
During his two-day visit to Brunei, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to receive an audience with Shaarik Zafar at Istana Nurul Iman.
Shaarik Zafar also met with Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II; Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman, the Minister of Home Affairs; Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, the Minister of Religious Affairs; Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources; as well as local environmental non-governmental organisations, representatives of religious communities in Brunei, Muslim technopreneurs at Brunei’s iCentre, and government officials.