Foreign envoys vow to forge and strengthen ties
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
FOREIGN envoys to Brunei vowed to continue strengthening relations with the sultanate on the occasion of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th birthday.
Laos Ambassador Amphay Kindavong hoped his country’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year will serve as a platform to further reinforce relations between Laos and Brunei.
“We will be hosting the ASEAN summit in September this year, so we hope that we will have a chance to welcome His Majesty to come to Laos to attend this summit,” the envoy said on the sidelines of the Sultan’s 70th birthday parade at Taman Haji Sir Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.
He said both countries have yet to see strong economic cooperation, but added that this could change through economic integration in ASEAN.
He hoped relations between Laos and the sultanate will “continue to be good, something that I am continually trying to promote here in Brunei”.
Timor-Leste Charge d’Affaires Erminio da Silva Pinto said strengthened future relations with Brunei is “highly foreseeable”, taking into account the current close ties despite only establishing an embassy here last year.
“It has only been one year but the relationship is (already) thriving. This is reflected upon the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah (to Timor-Leste) and also our leaders.
“For example, the prime minister of Timor-Leste visited Brunei in 2014 and members of parliament will visit Brunei in the next two days for one week to learn the best practices of Brunei,” he added.
Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Meynardo LB Montealegre echoed similar remarks.
“The government of Brunei and Phillipines are building towards stronger political cooperation. We are also working on strengthening our economic ties and people to people exchanges,” he said.
He also thanked the hospitality Brunei has given to more than 20,000 Filipinos residing in the sultanate.
The Brunei Times