30th Brunei-United States Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
On Monday, March 31, 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Daniel Shields visited Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng and presented him with a plaque commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United States of America.
This year, 2014, marks the thirtieth anniversary of not only Brunei Darussalam’s full independence in 1984 but also diplomatic relations between the United States and Brunei Darussalam. The relationship between our two countries actually dates back much longer than three decades, however. In fact, the two countries have one hundred and sixty nine (169) years of shared history, since the visit of the USS Constitution to Brunei in April 1845, which led to the signing of the U.S.-Brunei Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation that is still in effect today.On March 14, 2014, Ambassador Shields and other high-ranking officials from the U.S. Department of State visited the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington, D.C. for a reception hosted by Brunei Darussalam’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Dato Paduka Haji Yusoff bin Haji Abdul Hamid to recognize the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Shields also presented Ambassador Dato Paduka Haji Yusoff with a commemorative plaque for display at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington D.C to commemorate the opening of the Embassy in March 1984.
Ambassador Shields noted “Our relationship will continue to stand the test of time and the U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is pleased to be able to look ahead to an even brighter future for U.S.-Brunei cooperation.”