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 received in audience Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, who is on a two-day visit to the country to attend the third Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between Brunei and Laos.
During the audience ceremony, His Majesty and Saleumxay Kommasith discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries, including in the fields of education, defence, youth and sports as well as food security.
Accompanying him were Ambassador of the Laos to Brunei Darussalam Sengdavanh Vongsay and Director General of the Asia-Pacific and Africa Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Viroth Sundara.
Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof was also present.
Meanwhile, His Majesty also received in audience Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s (UK) Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar and Thailand Mark Garnier.
During the ceremony, His Majesty and Mark Garnier discussed bilateral and strategic relations between Brunei and the UK, as well as ASEAN-UK relations. Accompanying him was British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam John Virgoe.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah was also present.
The UK became ASEAN’s first new Dialogue Partner in 25 years on August 5, 2021 during Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship. The Sultanate is also the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-UK Dialogue Relations from 2021 to 2024.
The ceremonies took place at Istana Nurul Iman.