Prince Mohamed in Egypt for Asia-Mideast Dialogue
By Za'im Zaini

His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Zariah arrived yesterday in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to attend the Second Ministerial Meeting of Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED II) from April 5-6, 2008.

Upon arrival at Al Ahliah Airport, Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by the Deputy Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Soha Ibrahim Refa'at El-Far and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated.

The Theme for the AMED II is "Partnership in Action Towards a Better Future".

The meeting is expected to be opened by Mr Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, as the host of the meeting, as well as the new Chairman of the Dialogue; followed by a statement by Mr George Yong-Boon Yeo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, in his capacity as the outgoing Chairman of the Dialogue. Prominent speakers and moderators from Asia and the Middle East will address different issues and topics of the meeting.

The Meeting will focus on three tracks: Political Issues, Economic Issues, and Social, Scientific, and Media Issues.

The Asia-Middle East Dialogue was launched in Singapore in June 2005 with a view to realising greater understanding between Asia and the Middle East at governmental and non-governmental level to foster a comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation and cement innovative and practical interrelationship between the two regions. - Borneo Bulletin (5th April 2008)