Turkey, Brunei to open embassies in each other’s capitals

Turkey, Brunei to open embassies in each other’s capitals

Abdullah Gül (R) meets with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. (Photo: Ali Ünal)

April 10, 2012, Tuesday/ 17:32:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Turkey and Brunei have decided to open embassies in each other’s capitals to further develop bilateral ties, leaders of the both countries announced on Tuesday.

President Abdullah Gül hosted Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, who has been on a four-day official visit to Turkey, at the Çankaya palace on Tuesday.

Gül and Bolkiah held a news conference at the palace after a meeting between their delegations.

“We are very pleased to announce that permanent representative offices will be opened in both countries, in their capitals. We have made this decision,” said Gül.

The president also said Turkey and Brunei have signed agreements for economic, commercial and technical cooperation in addition to removal of visa requirements between the two countries.

Gül also voiced his wish that the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) will begin investing in Turkey.

“Brunei is a rich country, and it is not possible for it to use of all its wealth in Brunei alone. So, it uses its wealth to make investments abroad. The BIA has many important investments in many countries. We believe that they will put Turkey on the list of countries in which to make investments,” he said.

A small island with a population of roughly 400,000, Brunei is a prosperous country as it enjoys a huge income from oil. Bolkiah is one of the richest politicians in the world in terms of personal income. Brunei citizens enjoy free services in education and medicine as well as being free of income tax.

For his part, Bolkiah said embassies to be opened in both countries will help develop bilateral cooperation between Turkey and Brunei further, adding his appreciation for Turkey’s hospitality during his visit.

“We follow and greatly appreciate Turkey’s development in all fields. We hope that you will share your deep experience and knowledge of development with our people. I offer my thanks to the esteemed president for inviting me to Turkey and giving me the chance to see Turkey’s historical and religious wealth. I hope that we will show the same kind of perfect hospitality to you when you visit our sultanate,” said Bolkiah.

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