King Abdullah II arriving today for State Visit
By Amie PDH Ishak

Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan are expected to arrive in the Sultanate today for an official three-day State Visit.

Brunei and Jordan have long enjoyed cordial relations. This will be further strengthened by King Abdullah's visit to Brunei.

His Majesty King Abdullah II was in Brunei in February 2004 for talks on trade and investment between the two countries. In March 2006, King Abdullah was in the country on a private visit.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the visit presented the Special Combat Squadron (SCS) Honorary Badge and Beret to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in a ceremony held in the jungle of the Temburong District shortly after witnessing military training by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

During the State Visit, both King Abdullah II and Queen Rania are expected to visit several interesting places in the country. A banquet in honour of Their Majesties is scheduled to be held tonight.

Brunei Darussalam and Jordan established diplomatic relations in 1984. Brunei has its mission in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

In March 2006, the Brunei Investment Agency bought a 37 per cent stake in Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC), the sixth biggest phosphates producer in the world. Both countries are members of several organisations, including the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Conference. - Borneo Bulletin (13th May 2008)