Sultan holds bilateral meeting with Peru's President
By Liza Mohd in Lima, Peru

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who is currently in Lima, Peru, for the 16th Apec Economic Leader's Meeting, yesterday attended a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Peru, Alan Garcia Perez.

The monarch was among the world leaders who held talks with the president of Peru at the government palace.

His Majesty expressed appreciation to the president of Peru for hosting the bilateral meeting and hopes to enhance ties between both countries as Apec members.

As there are currently no trade relations between the Sultanate and Peru, both countries hope to strengthen relations further through the meetings.

Both leaders expressed their confidence that Apec can play a role in strengthening the economic relation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier, His Majesty viewed a static parade at the government palace.

The Brunei ruler will be joining other Apec leaders for the first retreat and a gala dinner hosted by the president of Peru. His Majesty will also attend a dialogue with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). After attending the second retreat session, the world leaders will don the host country's traditional attire for the official group photo.

Brunei and Peru established diplomatic relations in 1990, and both countries are also members of the Non Alliance Movement.

Peru is also committed to join Brunei Drussalam, New Zealand, Singapore and Chile in the free trade agreement called 'P4' or TransPac - the TransPacific Strategic and Economic partnership. Peru declared Thursday and Friday an official holiday to mark the event. - Borneo Bulletin (23rd Nov 2008)