S'pore, Brunei pledge to nurture strong ties

Support for more exchanges between their younger leaders

Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (right) shaking hands with Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli. Behind them are (from left) Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong; Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat (partially hidden) and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. The Singapore delegation is on a three-day visit to Brunei. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SINGAPORE

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Singapore and Brunei have reaffirmed their strong and longstanding ties and pledged to support more exchanges between their younger leaders.

At a meeting yesterday, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah "reaffirmed the strong and longstanding ties between Singapore and Brunei, with defence cooperation as a key pillar", according to a press statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The two leaders "welcomed efforts to expand collaboration in newer areas such as youth engagement and health", the statement said.

DPM Teo also congratulated the Sultan on his chairmanship of Asean and his efforts in maintaining regional unity and cohesion, amid a challenging international environment.