His Majesty receives new envoys
By Azaraimy HH

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday consented to present and receive Letters of Credentials for Brunei's new representative to the United Nations and several foreign envoys.

His Majesty first presented the Letter of Credentials to Awang Latif bin Tuah, Brunei Darussalam's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

His Majesty later received Letters of Credentials from four newly-appointed ambassadors to the country, namely, Thura Thet Oo Maung of the Union of Myanmar; Louis Le Vert of the Republic of France; William Edward Todd of the United States of America and Dr Thomas Bruns of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Following the ceremony, His Majesty granted an audience to Awang Latif bin Tuah.

The new Brunei representative to the United Nations has been in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 1986.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Director of Asean at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

His Majesty later granted separate audiences to the newly-appointed foreign envoys from Myanmar, France, the United States of America and Germany.

Thura Thet Oo Maung, 50, the new Ambassador for the Union of Myanmar previously served in the Defence Services with the rank of Brigadier General.

The new French Ambassador, Loius Le Vert, 59, previously was the Charge de Mission to the Ambassador in charge of Security and Conflict Prevention.

Meanwhile, the new US Ambassador, William Edward Todd, 47, was formerly the Deputy Inspector General at the Department of States.

Germany's new Ambassador, Dr Thomas Bruns, 60, previously served as Minister, Inspector of the Federal Foreign Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. - Borneo Bulletin (15th Sept 2008)