HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday morning consented to attend the official welcoming ceremony in honour of His Majestyís State Visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein. His Majesty also visited the Defence Services Museum, according to a press release.
Upon arrival at the compound of the Presidential Palace, His Majesty was welcomed by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
His Majesty then proceeded to the dais to receive the royal guard of honour which was accompanied by the national anthems of Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and a 21-gun salutes. His Majesty then inspected the royal guard of honour.
His Majesty was later introduced to the cabinet ministers, state dignitaries and senior officials of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Earlier, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was introduced to Brunei Darussalamís delegation.
After the ceremony, His Majesty and the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar proceeded to the main building of Presidential Palace for the bilateral meeting.
Upon arrival at the Presidential Palace, His Majesty was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Tin Oo Lwin, and signed the guest book, before proceeding to the Credential Hall.
At the Credential Hall, His Majesty was welcomed by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Both leaders then had the bilateral meeting. During the meeting, His Majesty and the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar discussed bilateral issues of mutual interests as well as international and regional matters.
Immediately after the bilateral meeting, His Majesty and the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar proceeded for a photo session.
His Majesty later visited the Defence Services Museum.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the Chief of Staffs, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, General Hla Htay Win.
The construction of the Defence Services Museum began on May 15, 2010 and was opened to the public on March 18, 2012. The museum has an area of 603.28 acres of land and is divided into three sections: Army, Navy and Air Force.
The museum displays significant historical events and developments of Myanmar Armed Forces from its beginning until the present day.
The historical events include wars that had been fought by Myanmar Armed Forces. The museum also shows national figures of importance to the Myanmar Armed Forces and its achievement over the years nationally and at the international arena.
The museum also displays the past and present uniforms, insignias and flags of the Myanmar Armed Forces and as well as equipment used by the military in the past such as radio equipment, weapons, naval vesselsí equipment, helicopters and airplanes.
Before leaving the museum, His Majesty signed the guest book and received a pesambah in the form of a memento presented by General Hla Htay Win.
In return, His Majesty presented a plaque as a commemoration of His Majestyís visit to the museum.
Accompanying His Majesty to the meeting and the ceremonies were the Minister of Finance II at the Prime Ministerís Office, Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng; Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah; and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Abduír Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Hj Basir.
- Borneo Bulletin
(26 March 2014)