Russia to display Islamic ceramics in Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Russian embassy will hold three cultural exhibitions here to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties with Brunei this year.

Russia’s State Museum of Oriental Art will display two exhibitions - Islamic Ceramics and Images of the Orient in Russian Art.

The state museum is one of world’s largest cultural institutions for preservation, research, and display of oriental art.

Russian Ambassador Vladlen Stanislavovich Semivolos said plans are also under way to host a photo exhibition at the Brunei Language and Literature Bureau libraries dedicated to memorable dates and major events in the history of Russia-Brunei relations.

“In cooperation with the Language and Literature Bureau Library, we have plans to bring the exhibition over to three other administrative districts in Brunei - Belait, Tutong and Temburong - to share it with a wider audience,” the ambassador said in an email interview.

The envoy said the exhibitions will give Bruneians an opportunity to learn more about Russia through its art and culture.

Semivolos said while several celebratory events are in store, it’s time to set new goals to deepen and expand relations.

Diplomatic relations between Brunei and Russia were officially established on October 1, 1991, laying a foundation for ties to grow deeper and ever more comprehensive on the basis of mutual trust and respect, the ambassador said.

“The past 25 years have witnessed a remarkable progress in developing substantive bilateral political, economic and cultural cooperation,” he added.

The envoy said Russia and Brunei have built mutual trust and closeness of approach to issues on the regional and global agenda throughout the years.

“Our countries have consistently stressed the importance of elaborating a solid, up-to-date architecture of equal security in the Asia-Pacific based on the rule of international law, principles of peaceful settlement of disputes and refraining from threats or the use of force,” the ambassador said.

Apart from marking Russia’s 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Brunei, the ambassador said 2016 is significant because it commemorates 20 years of the Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership.

“Deepening multidimensional cooperation with the countries of the region is a long-term constant Russian foreign policy priority on the Asia-Pacific track,” Semivolos said.

The Brunei Times