India, Brunei review bilateral relations, discuss ways to strengthen cooperation

New Delhi: India and Brunei on Tuesday reviewed their bilateral relations and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in various fields at the 8th Foreign Office Consultations.

India, Brunei officials participated in 8th Foreign Office Consultations in Bandar Seri Begawan on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy: @hicomindBrunei Twitter page

The meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan city.

Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), MEA, and Penigran Norhashimah binti Pengiran Mohd Hassan, Permanent Secretary, MoFA, Brunei Darussalam, co-chaired the meeting.

"The two sides reviewed their bilateral relations and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation including in trade, commerce, investments, defence and space," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

"They also agreed to explore collaborations in ICT, agriculture, health & pharma, maritime, culture, and people-to-people exchanges. Views were also exchanged on regional and international issues of mutual interest," the statement said.

It was also agreed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2024 and strengthen high-level exchanges.

The two sides will also conclude at an early date, the MoUs under discussion.

Secretary (East) also called on Dato Pengiran Shamhary, Minister of Transport & Info-Communications, Dato Amin Liew, Minister at PMO and Second Minister of Finance & Economy, and Dato Haji Erywan, Minister of Foreign Affairs II.

The next round of consultations will be held at mutually convenient dates in New Delhi.