His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei arrived in Paris on Friday for a two-day official visit to France.
Upon arrival at Paris Orly Airport, Her Majesty was welcomed by the Ambassador of the French Republic to Brunei, Benard Regnauld-Fabre and the Deputy Prefect of Airport Security Benoit Pichard-Morillon.
The official visit takes place at the invitation of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna.
This visit is part of the continued implementation of the French strategy in the Indo-Pacific following recent bilateral visits by Emmanuel Macron to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
This meeting is an opportunity to address the energy transition in Brunei and to identify new projects to support it. It will also be about protecting primary forests and biodiversity in South-East Asia, following on from the trip to Papua New Guinea.
The President also discusses the development of a long-term partnership with ASEAN and regional crises, first and foremost the situation in Burma.
Brunei and France established diplomatic relations in May 1984 and since then the two countries have enjoyed in-depth cooperation in the fields of economy, energy, defence, education and culture. Her Majesty made her last official visit to France on June 11, 2008, when Nicolas Sarkozy was president.
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