Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition Opening Ceremony

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officiated the Opening Ceremony of the Diplomatic Corps Photography Exhibition: Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and Their Families. The opening ceremony was held yesterday morning at the Royal Regalia Museum in the capital.

Upon arrival, Her Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al-Maskari, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam. Also present was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar.

The ceremony began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin.

In his welcoming remarks, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed said the exhibition serves as an opportunity for the citizens to view familiar aspects of beautiful Brunei through foreign diplomats' lenses. He said the exhibition is inspired by the famous saying that: "a picture is worth more than one-thousand words" especially in the framework of relationships where people do not share the same language or culture.

Organised in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, BIBD, the joint exhibition showcases one hundred and nine differently themed photos that were contributed by 19 diplomatic missions accredited to Brunei Darussalam.

Her Royal Highness then launched the exhibition.

The exhibition is held as an appreciation of the notable development in bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and accredited resident diplomatic missions to the country and out of gratitude to His Majesty's Government and people of Brunei Darussalam for displaying great hospitality to foreign diplomats. The exhibition also features beautiful scenery and special moments that foreign diplomats enjoy in Brunei Darussalam. The exhibition is open to the public until the 26th of this month.

Source: Radio Television Brunei