Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei Darussalam and Singapore yesterday reaffirmed the strong and longstanding ties between the two countries with defence cooperation as a key pillar of their bilateral relationship.
This was highlighted during a meeting between His Majesty the Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean.
According to a press statement from the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Majesty and Deputy Prime Minister Teo welcomed efforts to expand the two countries' collaboration in newer areas such as youth engagement and health.
Teo congratulated His Majesty on his Chairmanship of Asean as well as efforts to maintain regional unity and cohesion amidst a challenging international environment.
Teo, accompanied by his wife and a group of younger Singapore leaders, began his visit to Brunei Darussalam yesterday to further strengthen the relations between the two countries, particularly between the younger generation of leaders.
Teo and the delegation also called on His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah.
According to the press statement, HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Teo expressed satisfaction with the robust ties between Brunei and Singapore.
Teo thanked HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah for his strong support in enhancing bilateral ties.
"They agreed that the strong historical and personal linkages, which form the bedrock of our bilateral relations, should be sustained into the next generation. The two leaders expressed support for more exchanges between the younger leaders of both countries."
Teo invited HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah to make a return visit to Singapore.