Brunei Darussalam is committed to strengthen efforts in preserving regional and global peace, security and stability, and reiterated its unwavering commitment to fight terrorism as well as violent extremism. This was stated by the Second Minister of Defence at the 9th International Meeting of High-Ranking Officials Responsible for Security Matters in Sochi, the Russian Federation.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yusof added that Brunei Darussalam has adopted a 'whole-of-nation approach' as well as strong partnership with all sectors of societies in countering terrorism threats. It is now no longer the sole responsibility of law enforcement and security agencies to effectively prevent the infiltration of radical ideologies into the country. Yang Berhormat Pehin added that continuous enhancement of operational capabilities and strengthening the regional as well as international cooperation are strategies and way forward to counter international terrorism. Yang Berhormat Pehin also pointed out that Brunei Darussalam is working closely with other ASEAN member states to support various ASEAN initiatives and programs in protecting the regional security landscape. Brunei Darussalam recognises ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners' initiatives in tackling terrorism and transnational crime especially through the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC); the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

The Second Minister of Defence also met with His Excellency Nikolay P. Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation for a bilateral meeting.

Also present were His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Haini bin Haji Hashim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Russian Federation as well as senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office.

Source: Radio Television Brunei