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United States of America
Brunei Darussalam and the United States share long historical ties which date back to the 1850s with the signing of the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation. Formal diplomatic relations were established on 10 March 1984. During that year, both countries established missions in each other's capitals.
Brunei Darussalam's current Ambassador to the United States is His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Serbini bin Haji Ali and the United States' current Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam is His Excellency Craig B. Allen.
The two countries have maintained frequent exchange of visits at all levels. There have been a number of high-level visits made to the United States, including the Official Visit of His Majesty the Sultan in 2002 and March 2013. His Majesty also attended, among others, the Special ASEAN-US Summit in 2016, APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in 2011 and ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting in 2010. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah made an Official Visit in 1998 and 2011.
Brunei Darussalam has received a number of high-level visits from the United States, including President Bill Clinton in 2000; Secretary of State George Shultz in 1986; Secretary of State James Baker in 1989; Secretary of State Warren Christopher in 1995; Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000; Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2002; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in September 2012; and Secretary of State John Kerry in July and October 2013.
The main areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries are in defence, education, trade and energy. Brunei Darussalam is also working closely with the United States through its regional and international partnerships, including ASEAN and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
A number of documents have been signed between the two countries, among others, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defence Cooperation (29 November 1994); Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) (16 December 2002); MOU on the Establishment of a Fulbright Programme (December 2002); and MOU between UBD and East-West Center for the Brunei-US English Enrichment Project for ASEAN (11 June 2012).
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