THE Speaker of the Legislative Council Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib yesterday received a farewell call from the outgoing Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladlen Semivolos at the Department of Councils of State.

Both parties expressed their appreciations for the close ties and cooperation between the two countries. The two sides also stated that the visit of the Russian Federal Parliament Delegation last February was successfully held.

Both sides hope to further enhance cooperation in the field of education, defence and health as well as hope that the relations between the two countries will continue and remain strong.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman also received a courtesy call from Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong which was the first official meeting between both sides.

The two sides discussed strategic relationship between the two countries in the context of economic development of Brunei Darussalam. Among them is the rise of tourists from China as the largest rise in tourist arrivals in Brunei Darussalam.

This increase is also due to the availability of direct flightS from several regions in China such as Shanghai, Hong Kong and others. They also expressed hope that the flight service could be extended further to connect Beijing to Brunei.

The two sides also touched on the direct trade between Brunei and China which has increased following cooperation in the private sector in Brunei to expand the economy of the country. Both parties also hoped that this partnership will continue to develop.

Also present was the Acting Clerk to the Legislative Council Rose Aminah binti Haji Ismail, and senior officers from the Department of Councils of State.

ABOVE & BELOW: Speaker of the Legislative Council Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib meets with the outgoing Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Brunei Darussalam Vladlen Semivolos, and Speaker of the Legislative Council with Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong. – PHOTOS: DEPARTMENT OF CONCILS OF STATE