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Diplomatic relations were established on 1 July 1987. In November 1987, Brunei Darussalam set up its Embassy in Riyadh. Brunei Darussalam also opened a Consulate General in Jeddah in October 1989. The cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Saudi Arabia is mostly focused on religious and Hajj affairs.

The Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Saudi Arabia is His Excellency Dato Seri Setia Hj. Yussof bin Hj. Ismail. The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam is His Excellency Hisham bin Abdul Wahab bin Abdullah Zaraa.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a State Visit to Saudi Arabia in January 1999. His Majesty the Sultan was also in Riyadh for the Arab Islamic American Summit on 21 May 2017. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud made a State Visit to Brunei Darussalam on 4 March 2017.

Brunei Darussalam and Saudi Arabia established the Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) to following-up the "General Agreement on Economic, Trade, Investment, Technical, Education, Cultural, Youth and Sport Cooperation" that was signed on 22 May 2006. The 1st JCM took place in Riyadh on 10 – 11 February 2015.

Brunei Darussalam and Saudi Arabia signed the following MOUs/Agreements:

  • Exchange of Notes on Visa on Arrival (27 Sept 2012)
  • MOU between the Aeronautical Authorities of both countries on the implementation of Bilateral Air Services (7 July 2009)
  • General Agreement on Economic, Trade, Investment, Technical, Culture, Youth and Sport (22 May 2006)
  • Agreement for the Purchase of Land for Construction of Diplomatic Premises (22 Dec 2005)
  • MOU on Health Cooperation between the Ministry of Health and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (2 June 2001)
  • Air Services Agreement (9 Feb 1992)
  • Confidential Memorandum Understanding (CMU) (20 Nov 1990)

The following are Brunei Darussalam's trade statistics on imports and exports with Saudi Arabia:

Year Imports (B$ '000) Exports (B$ '000)
2012 2,123 903
2013 2,116 382
2014 2,880 441
2015 2,887 1,280
2016 2,348 339


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