Saudi Arabia Embassy hosts National Day reception
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam Hisham bin Abdul Wahab bin Abdullah Zaraa yesterday expressed satisfaction over the close ties and good relations in every sector with the sultanate.
Speaking at the reception in conjunction with the Saudi Arabia’s 86th National Day, Ambassador Hisham thanked the government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as well as the people of Brunei for the continued support in facilitating the embassy’s work here.
He said that Saudi looks forward to working together and broadening the existing cooperation between both nations.
“I sincerely pray to Allah SWT to honour the efforts made by the two countries and look forward for good prospects under the leaderships of both countries,” he said.
In his speech, he also said that Saudi Arabia has drafted a national transformation programme worth 270 billion riyal (US$71.9 billion) in five years to activate and improve internal government’s performance as well as to formulate its political transformation and improve its foreign policy.
Touching on the recent haj pilgrimage — the fifth pillar of Islam — which concluded recently, he said this year saw an unprecedented success where pilgrims enjoyed a safe and undisturbed haj.
“There has been no single report of incident to any of the nearly two million people,” said Hisham.
The envoy also said that Saudi Arabia is the largest donor of humanitarian aid, focusing on relief and development.
According to the Saudi ambassador, the country has received 2.5 million Syrian citizens since the crisis in Syria started and provided free schooling to more than 141,000 Syrian students.
Last night’s event was marked with a cake-cutting ceremony with Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman and foreign envoys from the Middle East countries.
The Brunei Times