Hakim Hayat

Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar yesterday praised the growing Brunei-India bilateral relations, which he said has seen enhanced cooperation in different areas that has benefitted both countries.

Making the remark during his speech at a reception to mark India’s 73rd Independence Day last night, Kumar said that the trajectory of Brunei-India bilateral relations has been encouraging and meaningful, particularly since His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s visit to India early last year for a commemorative summit to mark 25 years of ASEAN- India dialogue partnership.

The high commissioner also noted active cooperation in different areas such as education, defence, trade, energy and culture between Brunei and India, which he called “notable bilateral milestones achieved since 2018”.

Representing His Majesty’s Government and as guest of honour at the reception held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club was Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong with his spouse Datin Hajah Norhaida binti Sulaiman.

The highlight of the event was a cake-cutting ceremony to mark India’s 73rd Independence Day.

The evening was also enlivened with a colourful cultural performance from Sabhyachar Kender, a Punjabi folk dance group.

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Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong with his spouse Datin Hajah Norhaida binti Sulaiman during the cake-cutting with Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT