| Azlan Othman |
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is scheduled to make a State Visit to South Korea December 9-10 at the invitation of President Park Geun-hye, the Seoul Presidential Office stated yesterday.
President Park and His Majesty will hold a summit and attend a State Dinner on December 9.
During the meeting, they are expected to discuss ways to expand substantive coope-ration that will benefit both sides in a variety of areas, including the economy, industry, national defence and the defence industry as well as exchanges in social affairs and culture.
They will also exchange views on regional affairs involving the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and Asean and on how to work together in the international arena.
His Majesty’s State Visit comes at a time when South Korea and Brunei are celebrating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties, and it will become a critical milestone in improving bilateral relations.
It is also anticipated to serve as a catalyst in boosting substantive and cooperative ties and building the close friendship between the people of the two countries.
Brunei’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website stated that Brunei Darussalam and South Korea established diplomatic relations in 1984.
Bilateral relations between Brunei and Korea are good and friendly, with cooperation in a wide range of areas including trade, energy, agriculture, ICT, construction, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and education.
Last year, imports from South Korea stood at $155.6M while export was $2.33B.
President Park visited Brunei Darussalam to attend the 23rd Asean and Related Summits in 2013 while in October 2013, former Prime Minister Dr Han Seung-soo visited the Sultanate to deliver the 3rd Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Memorial Lecture at the invitation of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation.