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 Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, who is on a three-day visit to Brunei Darussalam to co-chair the 2nd Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation.
His Majesty and the foreign affairs minister discussed outcomes of the joint commission towards strengthening cooperation between the Sultanate and Vietnam.
Accompanying the foreign affairs minister was Ambassador of Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam Tran Van Koa.
Also present was Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.
Diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam was established on February 29, 1992, with relations between both countries elevated to a comprehensive partnership in 2019.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Yesterday, His Majesty also received in audience Chief of Defence Force of Indonesia (TNI) General Dato Paduka Seri Andika Perkasa, who is in the country for a three-day visit.
Accompanying the defence chief were Ambassador of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko; Assistant to the Chief of TNI for Operations Major General Agus Suhardi and Assistant to the Chief of TNI for Logistics Major General Haryono.
Also present were Deputy Minister of Defence Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Abd Kadir; and Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan.
On July 15, during the audience and investiture ceremony in conjunction with the 76th birthday of His Majesty, the monarch conferred The Most Exalted Order of Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang, First Class (DPKT) which carries the title ‘Dato Paduka Seri’ to General Dato Paduka Seri Andika Perkasa for fostering close defence relations between the RBAF and the TNI.
Meanwhile in a separate audience, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam received in audience the spouse of the Chief of TNI Datin Hetty Andika Perkasa.
Accompanying her were the spouse of the Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam; Sri Hariyani TR Sujatmiko, spouse of Assistant to the Chief of TNI for Operations Shinta Candra Soehadji; and daughter of Chief of TNI Angela Nurrina Perkasa. Also present was spouse of the Commander of the RBAF Datin Ummisyafinah binti Haji Zaini.
Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia enjoy a close and longstanding bilateral defence cooperation through numerous engagements including visits, professional exchanges, exercises and training.
Both countries signed the memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation on April 10, 2003.