HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday safely arrived in Saint Petersburg, Republic of the Russian Federation, to attend the G20 Leadersí Summit, which will run from September 5 to 6.
His Majesty is being accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince ĎAbdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.
Present at the Pulkova International Airport to greet His Majesty were Sergei Vyazalov, Vice Governor of Saint Petersburg, and Yakovlev Andrey, Deputy Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, as well as officers from the Government of Russia.
Also present at the airport was Haji Haini bin Haji Hashim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of Russian Federation.
His Majesty then proceeded to the Grand Hotel Europe where His Majesty will reside throughout the Summit. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the general manager of the hotel and staff.
Brunei Darussalam was invited to attend the G20 Leadersí Summit as the Chairman of Asean, along with the chairmen of other regional forums such as Apec and the African Union.
The Summit aims to discuss issues related to overall priorities outlined by the core objectives presented by Russia as the President of G20, which include growth through quality jobs and investment, growth through trust and transparency and growth through effective regulation.
- Borneo Bulletin
(5 September 2013)