Bandar Seri Begawan, 25 November 2021 (TDI): The Ministry of Education of Oman donated 11,278 books to Brunei Darussalam. The books are related to teaching the Arabic language. The books published by Oman’s Ministry were handed over in an official ceremony to the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) of Brunei.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari, the Ambassador of Oman to Brunei Darussalam handed over the books to Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs of Brunei.

The books are on the subject of exercise, activity, writing, dictionary and teachers’ guidance. The books will help the efforts of the government to enhance Arabic language skills amongst the Arabic school students in the Sultanate.

The donation of books is in-line with MoRA’s initiative. It will improve the quality of learning and teaching of the Arabic language, particularly in religious and Arabic schools.

Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious), and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar also attended the event.

Oman and Brunei Darussalam relations

Oman and Brunei Darussalam have historical and deep religious relations and the two maintain cordial ties. Both are former protectorates of European powers and they established diplomatic relations in 1984.

Oman and Brunei also maintain embassies in each other’s respective capitals. the two also established a Joint Working Group with the name of ‘Bilateral Consultative Meeting’, with the purpose of strengthening ties, in 1993.

Ever since, bilateral ties between the two have experienced steady development and growth. More recently, the two countries have also eliminated entry visa requirements for citizens of Oman and Brunei. This decision has given a new depth and strength to relations between the two partners.