His visit to Brunei at the invitation of crown prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah is the first high-level trip from India since the establishment of diplomatic relations with that country in May 1984.

Brunei was on the itinerary of Ansari's two-nation trip in November, but he had to return home from Indonesia, which was hit by volcanic activity. The Vice President is accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, four MPs and senior officials.

In Bandar Seri Begawan, Ansari will hold talks with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Billah tomorrow on issues of bilateral and multilateral significance including civil aviation, space, trade and investment, hydrocarbons, information and communication.

Cooperation in ASEAN and East Asia Summit and other multilateral fora will also be on the agenda and a couple of MoUs on health and defence cooperation will be signed.

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