Consultations explore India-Brunei cooperation in various sectors

|    Azlan Othman   |

THE 7th Foreign Office Consultations meeting between India and Brunei Darussalam was held in New Delhi on Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs of the government of India said.

The Indian side was led by Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh and the Brunei side was led by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hajah Siti Norishan binti Haji Abdul Ghafor.

The consultations provided an opportunity to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including political, trade and investment, defence, cultural, and people to people contact. The two sides also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues.

Both sides expressed satisfaction on the regular political level exchanges and the current state of relationship and cooperation. They agreed to explore cooperation in energy, health and pharmaceuticals, higher education and agricultural sectors.

A presentation was made to the Brunei delegation on investment opportunities in India. It was decided to convene the next round of Consultations in Brunei on mutually agreed dates.

Brunei is an important partner of India under the framework of Act East Policy and in the Indo-Pacific region. Both sides work closely in regional and multilateral fora including ASEAN and United Nations (UN).