Australia’s Special Envoy to OIC wraps up visit

Australia’s most senior Muslim diplomat and Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ridwaan Jadwat wrapped up a visit to Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

This was Jadwat’s first visit to the Sultanate having previously served at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to his role as Special Envoy to the OIC, Jadwat is based in Riyadh and serves as Australia’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.

Jadwat visited Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and Kampong Ayer and met with key officials including Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned and Chief Syar’ie Judge Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.

During his discussions, Jadwat said that Australia valued the important role the OIC played as the Muslim world’s peak intergovernmental institution and emphasised Australia’s commitment to building long-term ties of friendship and cooperation with Islamic nations, including Brunei. He also spoke about the significance of the Muslim community in Australia.

“Australia’s multicultural society is one of our greatest strengths. Today, more than 600,000 Muslims from over 120 countries call Australia home and Islam is one of our country’s fastest growing religions,” said Jadwat.

Jadwat recently joined with 4,500 Australians to participate in the Haj.

“I was honoured to participate in the Haj last month with more than 2.5 million Muslims from 160 countries, including Brunei. The experience was a vivid reminder of the incredible diversity of humanity,” he said.

Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman with Australia’s Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Ridwaan Jadwat. PHOTO: AUSTRALIA HIGH COMMISSION