Brunei, S’pore ink letter of intent to strengthen relations

Brunei, S’pore ink letter of intent to strengthen relations
Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin (C) witnesses the exchanging of documents between Permanent Secretary of Brunei's Home Affairs Dato Hj Abdul Majid (L) and his Singaporean counterpart Tan Tee How (R), permanent secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs, during the signing ceremony for the letter of intent on annual exchange of official visits.

BRUNEI and Singapore yesterday signed a letter of intent on the annual exchange of official visits between their Home Affairs ministries, which will pave the way for more cooperation.

With the signing of the letter of intent, existing longstanding relations are expected to be strengthened and subsequently open up more opportunities for officials to share best practices, conduct training and hold joint initiatives.

Signing on behalf of Brunei's Home Affairs Ministry was Permanent Secretary Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Majid Mangarshah, while Permanent Secretary Tan Tee How represented Singapore.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman at the ministry's headquarters.

Prior to the signing ceremony, Tan paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Home Affairs.

Brunei and Singapore have established ties even before diplomatic relations were formalised in 1984.

The two countries cooperate in defence, finance, trade and investment, tourism, health and education, and share longstanding arrangements such as the Currency Interchangeability Agreement.

Both countries have active exchanges of visits at all levels. The Brunei-Singapore Exchange Visit was initiated in 1990 to promote interaction between leaders, civil servants and the private sector in an informal setting.

The Brunei Times

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