His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (right) being bid farewell by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, at the Brunei International Airport.
His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (right) being bid farewell by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, at the Brunei International Airport.

QCOSTARICA –  Costa Rica will have a special visitor this seek, HIS Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, who will be attending the Seventh Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on August 18-21.

page1FEALAC is an association of 36 countries from East Asia and Latin America that came together for the first time to form an official and regular dialogue channel between the two regions.

The FEALAC was created in 1999 at the initiative of Chile and Singapore, with the objective of stimulating interaction and mutual understanding between the two regions, of promoting greater political dialogue, and of increasing cooperation in order to create opportunities for joint action in various fields.

Today, it comprises 36 countries: 20 from Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela) and 16 from East Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand).

The basic principles of FEALAC are: respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country; non-interference in the internal affairs of other States; equality, mutual benefits and development promotion; respect for cultural and social diversity; and the prevalence of consensus in the decision-making process.

Sources: The Brunei Times, FEALAC,