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Brunei

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when her Department last engaged in formal discussions with the government of Brunei Darussalam; and what was discussed at that meeting. (125847)

I met Pehim Lim, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, on 4 December 2006. This was the most recent formal ministerial-level meeting. We discussed the close and constructive UK-Brunei bilateral relationship, the Association of South East Asian Nations, Burma and interfaith issues.

We also have regular discussions with the Bruneian government at an official level on a range of issues, in London and Bandar Seri Begawan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) she and (b) representatives from her Department have any plans to visit Brunei Darussalam in 2007 to build bilateral relations. (125848)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no current plans to visit Brunei, but there are regular visits by officials in both directions. The bilateral relationship between the UK and Brunei is close, based on historical ties, with strong defence, education and trade links.

I met Pehim Lim, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, on 4 December 2006. This was the most recent formal ministerial-level meeting. We discussed the close and constructive UK-Brunei bilateral relationship, the Association of South East Asian Nations, Burma and interfaith issues.