Well-wishes from world leaders

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MALAYSIAN, Singaporean, US and Russian leaders have sent congratulatory messages to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the occasion of Brunei’s 32nd National Day.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV of Malaysia Sultan Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abd Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hjh Haminah expressed gratitude for the close rapport established among the leaders and people of Malaysia and Brunei.

“It is my hope that the close relationship and cooperation that has long existed between the two countries will continue,” he stated.

The Agong prayed that His Majesty will always be blessed and under the protection of Allah SWT, and for him to continue to lead Brunei to peace and prosperity.

In a similar message, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Laila Utama Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Hj Abdul Razak expressed his gratitude to Allah SWT for the cordial relations between Malaysia and Brunei.

“I pray that the longstanding ties of friendship between Malaysia and Brunei will continue to be nurtured and further simplified for the benefit of both countries, “he stated.

He also extended his appreciation to His Majesty for the monarch’s support to Malaysia as the ASEAN chair in 2015 in the realisation of ASEAN Community 2015.

“I am confident that under the leadership of His Majesty, Brunei will continue to develop and be prosperous,” the Malaysian premier added.

In his message, Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman prayed to Allah SWT that the close ties that have been long established between the countries will grow stronger.

“I would like to take this opportunity to convey thanks and appreciation for His Majesty’s unwavering support to Malaysia as the chairman of ASEAN in 2015, towards realising the agenda of ASEAN Community 2015.”

Meanwhile, Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam said the city-state’s people join him in extending their congratulations to the Sultan and people of Brunei on the sultanate’s 32nd National Day.

“Brunei owes its peace, progress and prosperity to the wise and benevolent leadership of Your Majesty. I am confident that Brunei will continue to make significant progress in the years ahead under your stewardship,” he stated.

He went on to state that Singapore and Brunei are bound by a shared history, common interests and mutual trusts.

“We enjoy close people-to-people ties and multifaceted bilateral cooperation. I remain committed to working closely with Your Majesty to further strengthen the friendship and partnership between our two countries.

“I was delighted that Your Majesty joined us in commemorating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee last year. We were deeply honoured to have a steadfast friend marking the historic milestone with us. Please accept my best wishes for Your Majesty’s good health and happiness, and for Brunei’s continued success,” he continued.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Brunei continues to make significant progress under His Majesty’s leadership. “Bruneians have also been enjoying peace, prosperity and stability. Our two countries share a special and longstanding relationship underpinned by mutual trust and respect. Our close monetary and defence relations are testament to our excellent ties,” he stated.

He added, “This year will see us commemorating the 40th anniversary of bilateral defence ties. I am confident that the friendship between Singapore and Brunei will continue to strengthen for the benefit of our people in the years ahead. I wish Your Majesty good health, happiness and success in all your endeavours”.

US President Barack Obama also sent his greetings to the Sultan and people of Brunei on the sultanate’s 32nd National Day.

“Our countries' friendship continues to strengthen, through our increasingly aligned interests and our deepened bilateral ties.

“We are enthusiastic about our mutual goals to ensure peace, prosperity, and further cooperation,” he stated in the message.

The president said the Trans-Pacific Partnership will enable the two countries to grow together and promote greater prosperity in the region. Our cooperation within the US-ASEAN strategic partnership has helped foster regional action to address challenges, and I believe the outcomes of our recent U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands positioned this relationship for further growth.

“We are proud of our friendship with Brunei and look forward to our shared prosperous future as we work with your newly-arrived ambassador to strengthen our relations,” Obama added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Brunei and US’s historic ties and friendship continue to strengthen.

“We look forward to growing our relationship in many vital areas, including expanding trade through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, increasing defence cooperation, ensuring maritime security, and expanding cultural and academic ties.

“We hope our friendship will be an example to all as we strive together to enhance peace and prosperity in the region,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also extended his congratulations to His Majesty. The president noted that Russia will celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Brunei this year. “I am positive that the further development of the mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation on various tracks serves the fundamental interests of our peoples, and is in line with ensuring peace, stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region,” he stated.

The Brunei Times