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Singapore to host new youth leadership exchange programme with Brunei

Move to cement next-gen S'pore-Brunei ties

Published on Apr 22, 2014 9:24 AM

Close ties between Brunei and Singapore got another boost yesterday with an announcement that Singapore will host the first youth leadership exchange programme between the two countries in the second half of this year to cement bonds into the next generation.

The programme will bring together youth leaders from both countries who are aged between 19 and 35, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said at a state banquet last night in honour of the visiting Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

"I am confident that the personal ties fostered through this programme will strengthen our relations even further," said Dr Tan, who in his speech recalled that he visited Brunei in May last year.

Describing the relationship between the two countries as being rooted in "strong people-to-people ties", he noted that the Sultan had on several occasions said that "Singapore and Brunei share a special relationship that was established during the time of the late Seri Begawan and Mr Lee Kuan Yew".

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