BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad concluded his two-day official visit to Brunei on Monday evening with both countries reiterating their friendly bilateral relations.
The Malaysian prime minister was welcomed by Brunei's royal family at the royal palace on Monday morning and then held talks with Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on the relations between the two countries and ways to boost them in various fields.
When hosting an official luncheon for the Malaysian prime minister, the Sultan of Brunei said that friendship between Brunei and Malaysia has brought many benefits, enabling the two countries to cooperate closely in various fields including trade, investment, defense, education, health and tourism.
In his address at the University Brunei Darussalam, the Malaysian prime minister said that Malaysia and Brunei have many similarities from the aspects of language, religion and culture, which further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
Last year, the total trade between Brunei and Malaysia stood at 1.14 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 70 percent from the previous year.