His Majesty arrives in Hanoi to attend 16th Asean Summit

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HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam arrived in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi yesterday to attend the 16th Asean Summit, which is scheduled to start tomorrow.

Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, His Majesty was greeted by Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. Also present at the airport was Dato Paduka Hj Mahadi Hj Wasli, Ambassador of Brunei to Vietnam.

His Majesty departed Brunei yesterday afternoon, with His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office on hand to bid him farewell.

Also joining HRH the Crown Prince was His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Jefri Bolkiah, and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.

His Majesty will join other Southeast Asian leaders to discuss regional cooperation and the bloc's future direction as well as exchange views on regional and global issues at the summit themed "Towards the Asean Community: From Vision to Action".

The agenda of the summit, according to the regional bloc's official website, include the implementation of the Asean Charter and the roadmap for a single Asean Community in 2015, Asean connectivity and climate change.

The leaders are also expected to adopt an Asean Statement on Joint Response to Climate Change and an Asean Statement on Sustained Recovery and Development.

An "Asean Commission on Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children" is to be launched today, which Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is scheduled to attend.

The 16th Asean Summit is the first of two summits to be hosted by Vietnam this year. Asean will now convene summits twice a year following the Asean Charter's entry into force on December 15, 2008.

The Brunei Times