Brunei-Ukraine Relationship

Last night, I was at the Istana Nurul Iman for the banquet for President of Ukraine given by His Majesty. Today is the second day of the President's visit and in the news, there were a number of agreements etc that had been signed between Brunei and Ukraine.

The banquet was interesting. We had the Russian Ambassador at our table and he was surprised that the menu was in Ukrainian language. I thought it was Russian at first but he explained that there were similarities between the Russian and Ukraine languages, there were also differences. For those interested in what was served during the banquet, you have to read the menu .... in Ukranian.

For the record, both heads of states bestowed awards on each other. At the audience ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to bestow the state decoration, the Darjah Kerabat Laila Utama Yang Amat Dihormati, D.K. or The Most Esteemed Family Order Laila Utama on His Excellency Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine. His Excellency Viktor Yanukovych in turn conferred, the Order of Merit, First Class to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

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