The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and spouse, Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor arrived early this morning for the 19th Leaders Consultation.

Present to welcome the Prime Minister of Malaysia and delegation at the Brunei International Airport was the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar; the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awang Lim Jock Seng; the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Nor bin Haji Jeludin; the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah and the Commissioner of Police, Dato Paduka Seri Bahrin bin Md Noor.

Brunei Darussalam is hosting Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak of Malaysia and delegation today as the regional leader embarks on several appointments including one with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

As part of the 19th Leaders Consultation following the previous meeting in November last year in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Prime Minister, who touched down in the country earlier this morning, is scheduled to attend a four-eyed meeting at Istana Nurul Iman with the monarch with topics that will focus on bilateral relations.

PM Najib’s one-day programme in the Sultanate is expected to see the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding between DST Communications Sdn Bhd and Sacofa Sdn Bhd in the field of telecommunications as well as an agreement signing in the area of palm oil also set to take place at the palace to be witnessed by the prime minister following his meeting with His Majesty.

Last year during the 18th Leaders Consultation, both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enhance cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries. They also discussed collaboration and partnership in the oil and gas sector and in several other areas including agriculture, investment as well as regional security.