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Meeting with the Sultan of Brunei-Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah

May 19, 2016, Sochi

Vladimir Putin met with the Sultan of Brunei-Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah on the sidelines of the Russia-ASEAN summit.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Your Majesty, allow me to welcome you here. It is a great pleasure to see you again.

Our two countries have developed good relations. We see your country as our reliable partner in the Asia-Pacific region.

I am very pleased to have this chance to meet with you again on the sidelines of this Russia-ASEAN summit. There are some matters particularly topical right now for our cooperation and we will have the chance to discuss them today.

Welcome, Your Majesty!

Sultan of Brunei-Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah (retranslated): Let me thank you for the warm reception and hospitality. It is a great pleasure to be in Russia once more. I have fond memories of my visit and my participation in the G20 summit in St Petersburg.

I am very pleased with the solid bilateral contacts we have built up and I hope that we will be able to develop them further, including in the energy sector, trade, and defence.

I am very pleased that we will sign two important agreements during this visit: a memorandum of understanding in the defence sector, and an agreement in the culture sector. It is also important to ensure the implementation of our agreement on simplifying visa rules, for this will give a boost to tourism between our two countries.


May 19, 2016, Sochi