The Sultan of Brunei is arriving on Saturday, which remains under discussion

Earlier, he said about the possibility of signing three agreements and memorandum of understanding, including the establishment of direct air communication between the two countries and the recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower.

Noting that the friendly relations and mutual cooperation between the two countries have increased successively, he said, “Especially in the past decade, cooperation with Brunei has been expanding in various fields including trade, investment, energy, agriculture, human resource development.”

The Sultan’s visit to Dhaka will be the first visit by a Bruneian head of state to Bangladesh. The tour was finalized in April 2020 but was postponed at the last minute due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, the foreign minister said, Sultan Balkiah will be given a guard of honor with 21 times of applause during the official reception.

From the airport, go to Savar and pay respects to the memory of the martyrs of Bangladesh’s independence war at the National Memorial. After that he will visit Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi.

The Sultan of Brunei will pay a courtesy call on the President on the first day of the visit. Later, the President will attend a cultural program and state dinner organized in his honour.

Balkiah will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday, the second day of the visit.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries (Bangladesh-Brunei) were established soon after Brunei gained independence from British colonialism in 1984. Then in 1997, the diplomatic mission of Bangladesh was re-established in Brunei.

The Sultan will be accompanied by members of the royal family, the country’s foreign minister and other ministers and high-ranking officials.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Brunei in April 2019 at the invitation of the Sultan. At that time, six memorandums of understanding were signed in addition to the discussions to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

In this visit, apart from the agreement and MoU, there is supposed to be an agreement on the import of energy from Brunei, but the foreign minister said that it is not happening. However, he said that a lot of progress has been made in the discussion on this issue.

Pointing out the possibility of importing food grains to Brunei, he believes that direct air communication will be helpful in this regard.

“Brunei imports all food grains from abroad. They want to work with us on food security. We are in fairly good shape in this regard.

“We are the world’s leading producer of rice, fish and vegetables. If we start the direct flight, our business will increase a lot.”

Momen mentioned that the two countries are also discussing about creating an opportunity to export food grains through contract farming in Bangladesh.

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