Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Yusoff Hamid
Embassy: 3520 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
US diplomatic representation:
Chief of mission: Daniel Shields
Embassy: Third & Fifth Floors, Teck Guan Plaza, corner of Jalan Sultan
and Jalan MacArthur, Bandar Seri Begawan
Mailing Address: American Embassy Box B, APO AP 96440
Telephone:  (2) 229670, 2203384, 229785, 229786,
241645, or 235254
FAX:  (2) 225293
Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Brunei
Embassy of Brunei in Washington, D.C.
U.S Embassy Web Site in Brunei
Brunei joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on January 7, 1984--1 week after resuming full independence--and gives its ASEAN membership the highest priority in its foreign relations. The chairmanship of ASEAN will rotate to Brunei in 2013. Brunei joined the UN in September 1984. It also is a member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Brunei hosted the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in November 2000 and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in July 2002.
Relations between the United States and Brunei date from the 1800s. On April 6, 1845, the USS Constitution visited Brunei. The two countries concluded a Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation in 1850, which remains in force today. The United States maintained a consulate in Brunei from 1865 to 1867.
The United States welcomed Brunei Darussalam's full independence from the United Kingdom on January 1, 1984, and opened an Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan on that date. Brunei opened its embassy in Washington in March 1984. Brunei's armed forces engage in joint exercises, training programs, and other military cooperation with the United States. Two Royal Brunei Armed Forces cadets are attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy. RBAF has a West Point graduate in its work force. A memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation was signed on November 29, 1994. The Sultan visited Washington in December 2002 and visited the Pacific Command in Hawaii with then-Ambassador William E. Todd in November 2008. The Sultan also attended the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders meeting in September 2010 in New York.
The Sultan is both Minister of Defense and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (RBAF). All infantry, navy, and air combat units are made up of volunteers. There are three infantry battalions equipped with armored reconnaissance vehicles and armored personnel carriers and supported by Rapier air defense missiles and a flotilla of coastal patrol vessels armed with surface-to-surface missiles. Brunei ordered three offshore patrol vessels from the U.K. but is reportedly seeking to sell these to a third country. The Royal Brunei Navy has ordered several "Itjihad" class patrol boats from German ship manufacturer Lurssen Werft.
Brunei has a defense agreement with the United Kingdom, under which a British Armed Forces Ghurka battalion (1,500 men) is permanently stationed in Seria, near the center of Brunei's oil industry. The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) has joint exercises, training programs, and other military cooperation with the United Kingdom and many other countries, including the United States. The United States and Brunei signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation in November 1994. The two countries conduct the annual military exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). RBAF joined a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon under the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) and has been sending troops to the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao to help safeguard the ceasefire between the Philippines Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Brunei’s growing commitment to peacekeeping missions is in line with its defense white paper.
Principal U.S. Embassy Officials
Deputy Chief of Mission--Alexander Barrasso
Management Officer--Matthew Miller
The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan is located on the third & fifth floors of the Teck Guan Plaza, at the corner of Jalan Sultan and Jalan MacArthur; tel: 673-2229670; fax: 673-2225293; e-mail: [email protected]