Lawrence Wong meets Brunei Sultan on ‘first overseas work trip of 2023’, reaffirms special relationship


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Lawrence Wong completed his first official overseas trip as Deputy Prime Minister to Brunei Darussalam.

The visit, which took place from January 18 to 19, was aimed at reaffirming the crucial bilateral relationship between Singapore and Brunei.

During his visit, Wong met Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Special Adviser to the Sultan and Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Isa Ibrahim, as well as Brunei’s Minister to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy II Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah.

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He also met the Singaporean community living in Brunei.

Wong was accompanied by Foreign Minister (MFA) Vivian Balakrishnan and other government officials from MFB, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Communications and Information.

“Special and long lasting relationship”

In his January 19 Facebook post, Wong stressed that the visit was to “reaffirm the importance of this relationship” between the “two smallest members of ASEAN”.

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He also said that cooperation between Singapore and Brunei would be boosted in new areas such as education, civil service work attachments, supply chain resilience and the green economy.

Wong said he “looks forward to further exchanges with Brunei” to strengthen their partnership with Singapore.

Singaporeans in Brunei

In an earlier Facebook post on Jan. 18, Wong also expressed his gratitude to the Singaporean community in Brunei for sharing their experiences of living and working in the country.

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In August 2022, the Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei visited Singapore on his fifth state visit here and two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed during that visit.

Top image via MCI – Facebook/Lawrence Wong

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