India’s National Defence College to boost ties with Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A DELEGATION comprising 16 senior officers from the National Defence College of India are currently in the Sultanate to develop better ties between the two countries.

At a dinner hosted by the High Commissioner of India last night, the head of the delegation, Shri A Tripathi, said that Brunei has always had an important relationship with India and they looked forward to learning more about the country during their visit.

The delegation arrived on May 18 and is expected to end their visit on May 21.

During the course of their visit, the delegation held a meeting with India’s High Commissioner, Dr Ashok K Amrohi, as well as visits and meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Royal Brunei Police Headquarters.

The delegation had also called upon the Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Haji Mustappa Haji Sirat, and the Commander of The Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah, at the Ministry of Defence.

The delegation also met with members of the Indian community and other guests last night.

Their itinerary is expected to include a visit to the Department of Economic Planning and Development and the Temburong district.

According to a statement from the High Commission of India, the National Defence College of India is the highest seat of strategic learning for Indian Defence and Civil Services officers of the rank of Brigadier or Joint Secretary.

The college provides strategic leadership to the government of India in national and international security matters and it also acts as a think tank on defence matters. It also holds an important position in shaping up the Indian defence outlook.

Each year, approximately 25 officers from various countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates enrol to the college.

The Brunei Times