Bandar Seri Begawan, 17 February 2022 (TDI): Malaysian Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob arrived at Brunei International Airport from Kuala Lumpur. His two-day visit is his first since taking office as Prime Minister in August 2021.

Brunei’s Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah and Princess Pengiran Anak Puteri Masna welcomed Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his wife Datin Seri Muhaini Zainal Abidin upon arrival at Brunei International Airport.

A ceremony has been arranged in the honor of Prime Minister Yaakob at the airport. After Malaysian National Anthem, Brunei Darussalam’s Anthem “Allah Peliharakan Sultan” was played. Members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces received the Malaysian Prime Minister and presented the ‘Guard of Honor’.

In this official visit Foreign Minister of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah, Senior Works Minister Fadilah Yusof, and Federal Territories Minister Shahidan Kassim were also part of the delegation.

Vaccinated travel lane by air among other bilateral issues was the primary agenda to be discussed. In this regard, Malaysia and Brunei unanimously agreed to implement air & land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) and mutual recognition of Mysejahtera & BruHealth.

Malaysian Prime Minister and the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzuadin Waddaulah took stock of the progress of the ongoing bilateral cooperation & pledged to enhance post-pandemic collaboration on health diplomacy.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Yakoob assured that Malaysia’s Institute of Clinical Research will remain ready to cooperate with the University of Brunei Darussalam, particularly in the research of “Antibody Response to COVID – 19 Vaccines”.

In addition to this, issues regarding the consultation & negotiations on the Trans–Borneo Expressway Project and the issue of Myanmar and the South China Sea have also been discussed between both heads of the state.

Prime Minister Yakoob extended an invitation to the Sultan of Brunei to the 24th Malaysia-Brunei Annual Leaders Consultation in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia and Brunei will continue to strengthen the longstanding special bilateral relations in the years ahead.