Audience to Thai General
By Jason Leong

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), yesterday consented to receive in audience the Royal Thai Armed Forces' Chief of Defence, General Songkitti Jaggabatara at the Istana Nurul Iman.

Accompanying the Thai General was the Commander of RBAF, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md Yussof, and the Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam, Phithak Phrombubpha.

In another room at the Istana Nurul Iman, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha consented to receive in a separate audience the wife of the Thai Chief of Defence Force, Madam Poranee Jaggabatara. She was accompanied by the wife of Commander of RBAF, Datin Hajah Kalshom binti Haji Suhaili.

The three-day official introductory visit by General Songkitti Jaggabatara is aimed at strengthening the friendly relationship between both countries and extending the importance of defence cooperation of respective armed forces.

Her Majesty also consented to receive in audience the spouse of the Brunei Ambassador to Thailand, Datin Hjh Sialam bte Hj Matussin. - Borneo Bulletin (20th Mar 2009)