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28th "Brunei Darussalam" Marked in Seoul
World's Leaders Congratulate Bruneians on Special Day

Brunei Ambassador to South Korea, Dato Haji Harun Ismail his wife Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah celebrated its 28th National Day in Seoul by hosting a dinner reception at Hilton Hotel in downtown Seoul on Feb. 23, 2012.

Brunei Darusslam's independence from the British was declared on Jan. 1st, 1984. Its independence has officially been celebrated as its national day on Feb. 23 annually since then.

The dinner reception attracted hundreds of high-profile local and international well-wishers including scores of foreign ambassadors serving in Seoul.

Among the guests was Minister Suh Kyu-Yong of South Korea's Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.

Brunei Ambassador to South Korea, Dato Haji Harun Ismail (2nd from left) poses with Minister Suh Kyu-Yong (left) of South Korea's Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries and with Singapore Ambassador Peter Tan Hai Chuan (陈海泉: 2nd from right) and with Chairman Lee Deok-No of Hilton Corp. & Tailor Co.


Leaders of the world's major countries including Rissia, the Unites States, England, and Singapore congratulated Bruneians on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of its day of indepence.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent Brunei well wishes and lauded bilateral relations between Russia and Brunei.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also congratulated Bruneians ahead of their day of independence.

Leaders of the Great Britain sent congratulatory messages to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron and British Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed their hope that the Sultanate would continue to grow and prosper in the years to come.

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent congratulatory messages to the sultan.

Philippine Ambassador Luis T. Cruz (center) poses with Chairman Lee Deok-No (2nd from right) of Hilton Corp. & Tailor Co. and with members of The Seoul Times.


Brunei and S. Korean Relations

After gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1984, Brunei opened diplomatic relations with Seoul. Since then the two countries have been developed bilateral relations in the spheres of economics, politics, and cultural exchange.

Brunei participated in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. The nation sent one official, but no athletes. It would be eight years later, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, that athletes from Brunei would compete at the Olympic Games for the first time.

Major export items of South Korea to Brunei include automobiles, steel, and cable. South Korean import from Brunei oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Brunei has supplied more than 700,000 tons of LNG to the Korea Gas Corporation.

Brunei is the fourth-largest producer of LNG in the world. Being the third-largest oil producer in Southeast Asia, Brunei produces a daily average of 180,000 barrels of oil.

Earlier in 1980s there were some 500 South Korean workers in Brunei but these days fewer than 100 South Koreans are working or living in this Southeast Asian nation.

"Brunei Darussalam"

"Brunei Darussalam," officially the State of Brunei, is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, and in fact it is separated into two parts by Limbang, which is part of Sarawak.

Brunei, the remnant of a very powerful sultanate, regained its independence from the United Kingdom on Jan. 1, 1984.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, whose title has passed within the same dynasty since the 15th century, is the head of state and head of government in Brunei. The Sultan is advised by several councils and a cabinet of ministers although he is effectively the supreme ruler. The media is extremely pro-government and the Royal family retains a venerated status within the country.

Brunei is an absolute monarchy. In September 2004, the Sultan convened an appointed Parliament which had not met since independence in 1984, although it lacks any capacity beyond advising the monarch.

For details or inquiries please contact the Brunei Embassy in Seoul at 02-790-1078.
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