PM hosts visiting Brunei Crown Prince to lunch

Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah (left), in town for the fourth Singapore-Brunei Young Leaders' Programme, calling on Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana yesterday.
Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah (left), in town for the fourth Singapore-Brunei Young Leaders' Programme, calling on Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana yesterday.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday hosted Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah to lunch at the Istana, on the second day of his six-day official visit to Singapore. The Crown Prince, who is also Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, is in town for the fourth Singapore-Brunei Young Leaders' Programme.

The programme was launched in 2013 to strengthen close ties between young leaders from both countries. This week, the Crown Prince will also be visiting Singapore's defence facilities, including the Singapore Armed Forces' Armour Simulation Centre, as well as Coney Island.

PM Lee wrote in a Facebook post yesterday: "Brunei has been a special friend of Singapore, since the time of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the Seri Begawan (Crown Prince Billah's grandfather).

"Our bilateral cooperation encompasses many areas - trade, foreign affairs, defence, finance, culture and education. I look forward to doing more with Brunei."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2016, with the headline 'PM hosts visiting Brunei Crown Prince to lunch'. Print Edition | Subscribe