MFA on track to support Brunei Vision 2035 goals

Rokiah Mahmud

Brunei Darussalam has forged diplomatic relations with 171 nations and is firm on upholding its multilateralism principle and supporting the goals of the United Nations Charter and adhering to international laws and commitments.

This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs II Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof at the fourth day of the 16th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

He added that Brunei’s foreign offices will continue to serve as the “points of contact” for agencies in the country as well as countries in which they are located.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will act as the facilitator between Brunei and its foreign partners in economic cooperation, trade, interments, defence and education.

The minister said the ministry will continue to provide support for agencies in the bid to support the goals of the Brunei Vision 2035.

The ministry will also strive to provide consular services and assist citizens and permanent residents abroad as a reflection of the concern and care of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. He cited the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in China last February as an example which embarked on a mission to bring back two Bruneians in Wuhan.

He said Brunei’s foreign offices have been on alert since the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak. These offices are continually monitoring the development of the spread of the coronavirus and are working closely with the ministry to ensure the safety of Bruneians abroad.

The minister also advised citizens and permanent residents who are living or travelling abroad to register with the e-register system at the ministry’s website to ensure swift response and assistance in the case of emergency and to obtain health or travel insurance before heading overseas.

Attendees during the Legislative Council session. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR