Sultan meets newly-appointed envoys
By Malek Hashim

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to present letters of credentials to two newly-appointed Brunei envoys, while receiving letters of credentials from three foreign diplomats to Brunei Darussalam in a ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

The monarch began by presenting letters of credentials to new Brunei Ambassador to Cambodia Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abu Bakar bin Pengiran Seri Indera Pengiran Haji Ismail and new Brunei Ambassador to Egypt Dato Paduka Haji Ishaaq bin Haji Abdullah.

His Majesty then received letters of credentials from Mark Douglas Sawers of Australia, Boyko Hristov Mirchev of Bulgaria and Salaheddin Mohamed El Bishari of Libya.

Following the ceremony, Sultan granted an audience to the two newly-appointed Brunei envoys.

Prior to the new appointments, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abu Bakar, 58, served as Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, while Dato Paduka Haji Ishaaq, 56, served as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

His Majesty also granted separate audiences to the three foreign diplomats.

New Australian High Commissioner Mr Mark Douglas Sawers was previously with the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and also served as Counsellor at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

Meanwhile, Mr Boyko Hristov Mirchev, 50, is the non-resident Ambassador of Bulgaria to Brunei Darussalam and Bulgarian Ambassador to Indonesia, while Mr Salaheddin Mohamed El Bishari, 52, is the non-resident Ambassador of Libya to Brunei Darussalam and Libyan Ambassador to Indonesia. - Borneo Bulletin (5th Apr 2009)