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’s visit to Bangladesh in mid-October 2022 is hoped to usher in a new era in the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Brunei, said Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) of Bangladesh, Ambassador Masud bin Momen during a visit to the Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.
He also commended His Majesty for completing the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2021, and managing the COVID-19 situation in the country effectively.
The senior foreign secretary also paid a courtesy call on Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday.
The meeting was on the heels of the second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Brunei and Bangladesh at the ICC on Wednesday and the success and enthusiasm that resulted from the event resonated through the discussions between Her Royal Highness and the ambassador with FOC agenda, Rohingya crisis, and energy cooperation discussed.
He also visited the Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam where he placed a floral wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, before delivering a speech at a gathering representing the Civil Society of Brunei.
Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, Ar Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, Brunei Food Awards Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Haji Nasir bin Dato Paduka Latif, Ghanim International Corperation Sdn Bhd CEO Dr Nur Rahman, Medetech Sdn Bhd Managing Director Anil Kumar and PKWE Belait Administrative Manager K Salim bin Abdul Karim were present. An exchange session was also held with the Bangladesh delegation including Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona.
Ambassador Momen highlighted the contribution of Bangladeshi workers in the construction industry in Brunei and appreciated the country for accommodating them in their developmental pursuit.
He also visited Bangabandhu Corner at the high commission, and unveiled Imagine Bangladesh, a collaborative artwork guided by PG Wahab Hassan and the Bangladesh community children.
He also visited Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam where he toured the premise.
The visit concluded with a lunch hosted by the Bangladesh community in Brunei where he encouraged the community to send remittance to Bangladesh through valid and legal channels.
The six-member Bangladesh delegation left Brunei the same day.