Brunei, India to expand cooperation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI and India are expected to sign several memorandums of understanding on health and defence cooperation when India’s vice president visits the sultanate next month.
According to India’s Secretary (East) Shri Anil Wadhwa, this will be the first visit of an Indian vice president to Brunei since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari’s three-day visit to Brunei from February 1-3 comes at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs’ said on its website that the vice president will have an audience with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
The vice president is also expected to address the Indian community at a reception and deliver an address at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
More than 10,000 Indians live and work in Brunei, including professionals such as teachers and doctors.
During his meetings here, Vice President Mohammad Hamid will discuss a number of issues of bilateral, regional and multilateral significance.
According to Secretary Anil, he will also hold discussions on cooperation in sectors such as civil aviation, space, trade and information and communication and investment besides hydrocarbons.
Cooperation in ASEAN and other multilateral fora will also be on the agenda.
India established diplomatic relations with Brunei in May 1984.
The Brunei Times