The U.S. relationship with Brunei is a strong and cooperative one, and the level of our engagement has increased significantly in recent years. The relationship dates back to April 6, 1845 when the USS Constitution, or “Old Ironsides,” arrived in Brunei Bay to start more than 170 years of friendly relations. Five years later, we concluded theTreaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, which is still in effect. The U.S. maintained diplomatic relations with the Sultan of Brunei’s government until it became a British protectorate in 1888, at which time the United Kingdom assumed responsibility for Bruneian foreign affairs. Brunei reacquired its full independence in 1984. Currently, our shared interests and cooperation are reflected in our military-to-military training and exercises; our work on trade and economic development; the increasing number of Bruneian students who study in the United States; and last but by no means least our many cultural and people-to-people exchange programs. The U.S. Embassy is in Bandar Seri Begawan. For more information on the ambassador and the U.S. relationship with the country, click here.
Source, United States, Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs