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MINISTER of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman yesterday received a courtesy call from First Deputy Chairman of the Muftis Council of Russia Rushan Abbyasov.
During the visit, Abbyasov shared information on the upcoming ‘Islamic traditions in Russia’ exhibition, which will be launched at the Dermaga Diraja Art Gallery in the capital tomorrow.
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd Yusof and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious) Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang were also in attendance.
Several of the Russian delegates were invited to a meeting on Halal certification conducted by the Halal Food Control Division at the Department of Syariah Affairs and chaired by the Permanent Secretary at the MoRA.
There was also a bilateral meeting on the production of Halal goods conducted by the Global Halal Industry Development Division at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI), chaired by Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the MEMI.
Abbyasov also paid a courtesy call on Minister of Culture Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
Among those present were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil and Russian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Vladlen Stanislavovich Semivolos.
Both of the visits were aimed at strengthening ties between Brunei Darussalam and Russia in matters of mutual interest, while exploring collaborative opportunities, particularly in the religious sphere.
Abbyasov and his delegation are on a five-day working visit in Brunei Darussalam until tomorrow, which will include a tour of the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School.