By Azlan Othman
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam last night held a four-eye meeting at Istana Nurul Iman with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Hj Tun Abdul Razak to discuss issues of mutual interest to further enhance and strengthen friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The Malaysian premier arrived here yesterday afternoon, his first visit since becoming the prime minister early this month.
Earlier, His Majesty, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar granted an audience to Dato Seri Najib and wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Also present during the audience were His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, HRH Princess Hjh Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah, HRH Princess Hjh Masna and YAM Pg Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pg Anak Hj Abdul Aziz.
His Majesty later hosted a dinner for the Malaysian premier and wife.
The Malaysian premier's delegation comprised Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and Deputy Foreign Minister A Kohilan Pillay, as well as several senior government officials, Bernama reported.
Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari told reporters that Malaysia and Brunei enjoyed good relations.
"Both leaders were expected to brief each other about the development in each other's country and renew friendship," he said, adding that both leaders were also expected to explore new areas of cooperation, including in trade and investment.
Brunei investors, he said, had been eyeing potential investments in Malaysia, particularly in the neighbouring Sabah Development Corridor and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.
- Borneo Bulletin
(30th Apr 2009)