Myanmar embassy hosts reception

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

The Myanmar embassy in Brunei celebrated its 68th National Day by hosting a dinner at the Songket Ballroom at Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong yesterday evening.

Gracing the event as the guests of honour were Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof and spouse Datin Hjh Kalshom Hj Suhaili.

Welcoming the guests was Myanmar Ambassador to Brunei U Cho Htun Aung.

The celebrations kicked off with the playing of national anthem of both Brunei and Myanmar, followed by welcoming remarks by the ambassador.

U Cho Htun Aung touched on the excellent diplomatic ties between both countries and expressed his gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and the sultanate’s government for the continuous support on the political and economic transformation of Myanmar.

“I am honoured to recall that the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam has established relations since September 1993. Myanmar has been consistently promoting the warm and cordial relations between the two countries, based on mutual goodwill and understanding,” he said.

Bilateral relations between Brunei and Myanmar were established on September 21, 1993.

Brunei set up its embassy in Yangon in February 1997. Since then both countries have been cooperating in various fields such as trade and education.

The ambassador added that the achievements in bilateral relations between both countries would not have been possible without the support, assistance and involvement of Brunei’s government and people, as well as the Myanmar community in the country.

The reception continued with a cake-cutting ceremony followed by the handing over of souvenirs from the ambassador to the minister.

Currently, there are more than 500 residents of Myanmar working in various fields in the sultanate.

Burma was renamed to Myanmar in 1989. The country gained its independence in January, 4 1948.

The Brunei Times