Brunei-US relations airtight

Azlan Othman

United States (US) Secretary of State Antony J Blinken spoke with Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof on Wednesday, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Secretary Blinken and Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan reaffirmed the enduring partnership and cooperation between both nations based on a mutual desire for the peace, security, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. Both sides emphasised the importance of working together bilaterally and in multilateral fora, especially through Brunei’s Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year.

Secretary Blinken welcomed Brunei’s ASEAN theme of ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.’ They also discussed ASEAN’s essential role in resolving the crisis in Myanmar created by the military’s seizure of power, and discussed ways to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.