SINGAPORE — Secretary of State George P. Shultz met Friday with the foreign minister of Brunei, the first such meeting since it was disclosed that the State Department solicited $10 million from Brunei last year for the Nicaraguan contras.
Shultz met Foreign Minister Mohammed Bolkiah for half an hour during consultations with members of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations. Brunei is a member of the association, along with Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
When asked if they discussed the $10 million the State Department solicited for the U.S.-backed rebels, a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity said: "They both agreed the matter had been resolved and was something in the past."
Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams asked the Sultan of Brunei, the foreign minister's brother, to donate the money last year, and the funds were sent to a Swiss bank.