‘US-Brunei relations to strengthen further’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE relationship between the US and Brunei will grow stronger through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), said the US ambassador.
“With major free trade agreements such as this one, the economies of partner countries begin to meld together and partners achieve a higher level of interaction in all areas including education, culture, exchange and business,” said US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig Allen during his speech at a reception for alumni of US exchange programmes at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
He said the friendly relationship between Brunei and the US can also be seen through the personal friendship between His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and US President Barack Obama as well as through bilateral military training and exercises, bilateral trade and economic development and the increasing number of educational opportunities between the two countries.
“The US recognises that the free exchange of culture, information and ideas can have a far-reaching and long-term positive impact on the conduct of international relations,” said Allen.
According to the ambassador, the US runs over 120 programmes that bring international participants to the US and Americans around the world. These programmes include professional, private sector, academic, cultural, youth and even sport exchanges.
He added that there are approximately 200 alumni from Brunei representing all programmes and the number is increasing every year.
During the event, Allen encouraged the alumni to remain committed in their respective fields and continue to work together with the US embassy in Brunei Darussalam.
“Diversity is part of the secret of the success of the US economy, and that is why we will continue to support and expand programmes, education programmes, internship programmes and more.”
According to Allen, Brunei and the US have shared 170 years of mutual friendship since the USS Constitution, a US ship, first visited Brunei in 1845.
“This was the first official opportunity for representatives of our two countries to meet in Brunei and, through an exchange, to develop mutual understanding and friendship,” he said.
The Brunei Times