- POSTED: 02 Sep 2014 13:29
- UPDATED: 02 Sep 2014 23:35
The Crown Prince’s visit to the SAF underscores the longstanding defence relationship between Singapore and Brunei, the Ministry of Defence says.
SINGAPORE: The Crown Prince of Brunei Al-Muhtadee Billah visited the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Multi-Mission Range Complex on Tuesday (Sep 2).
During the visit, which was hosted by Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing, the Crown Prince viewed live-firing demonstrations at the 50m indoor shooting range and the urban operations range, and also fired the Singapore Assault Rifle 21. He also drove the upgraded Light Strike Vehicle Mark-II (LSV MK II) and viewed a static display of the Skyblade III Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
To commemorate the visit, the Crown Prince was presented with the SAF’s Honorary Advanced Combat Skills Badge and an Honorary LSV MK II driver’s licence.
Also present during the visit were Brigadier-General Yussof Rahman, the Deputy Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF), and Chief of Army Major-General Perry Lim.
The Defence Ministry said the Crown Prince's visit to the SAF underscores the special and longstanding defence relationship between Singapore and Brunei.
The Singapore Army and the RBLF will mark the 20th anniversary of their flagship bilateral Exercise Maju Bersama in Brunei next April.
SUSTAINING THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
Later on Tuesday, the Crown Prince met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana.
Mr Lee said that frequent exchanges between Singapore and Brunei help to ensure that the close bilateral relationship between the two countries will be sustained into the future. He added that he looks forward to more bilateral exchanges in the future.
During their meeting, they discussed developments in Brunei and Singapore, including in areas such as education and the economy. The Crown Prince was also hosted to lunch by the Prime Minister.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam also met the Crown Prince, who is also the chairman of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam.
They discussed economic and financial matters. In addition, they reiterated the bilateral commitment to the Currency Interchangeability Agreement, which has promoted investment, tourist and trade flows between the two countries.
The Crown Prince is on a five-day official visit to Singapore until Friday at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean under the Singapore-Brunei Young Leaders’ Programme.