(Eagle News) — The Sultan of Brunei has expressed support for the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this yr, in addition to for President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war.
During his state go to Thursday, April 27, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Prime Minister of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Rajah Isteri Saleha, had been each welcomed by President Duterte on the Malacañan Palace
This was the primary state go to underneath President Duterte.
Sultan Bolkiah is certainly one of 10 ASEAN leaders who can be collaborating within the historic 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings in Manila that coincide with the 50th yr anniversary of the regional grouping.
“As close partners in ASEAN, we extend our full support for the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship, and look forward to a successful year under your leadership,” the 70-year outdated Brunei Sultan stated.
“We will continue working closely particularly as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN this year. We will take this opportunity to reflect on our past achievements and share our views on the way forward for the future,” he harassed as he learn his assertion after witnessing the signing of varied agreements between Brunei and the Philippines with President Duterte in Malacanang.
And amid the criticism that President Duterte’s drug war is getting from varied human rights teams, the New York Times, and his native critics, Brunei’s Sultan Bolkiah stated he’s even wanting ahead to collaborating and serving to the Philippines struggle the drug war by way of “exchanges of expertise and best practices.”
“We also look forward to our future collaboration in addressing issues on drugs. We believe that both sides will benefit from the exchanges of expertise and best practices in this area,” the Sultan and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei stated.
He additionally underscored his nation’s dedication to strengthen the cooperation and friendship with the Philippines — one thing which President Duterte stated was crucial.
Sultan Bolkiah thanked President Duterte for his “kind remarks and generous hospitality in accommodating my visit during your busy preparations for the ASEAN Summit.”
“It is a pleasure to be back in the Philippines to further strengthen our close bilateral relations,” he stated.
The Brunei leader additionally expressed his appreciation for the contributions of the 23,000 Filipinos working and residing in Brunei.
“We are grateful for their contribution and continue to welcome them as close friends,” he stated.
Enduring ties and particular friendship
For President Duterte, Sultan Bolkiah’s state go to is “proof of the enduring ties and special friendship enjoyed by our nations and our people.”
“Our talks today were open and insightful. Once again His majesty has demonstrated that he is a true friend of the Philippines,” the 72-year outdated Philippine leader stated.
“He deserves our utmost respect and admiration.”
Duterte stated that the support of Sultan Bolkiah and of the opposite leaders of the ASEAN-member states for the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN was “most crucial.”
He stated it was vital the entire of ASEAN is engaged on the peaceable decision of disputes within the South China Sea.
Agreements on tradition, commerce and vitality cooperation signed
President Duterte and Sultan Bolkiah witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Halal (meals merchandise ready as prescribed by Muslim regulation) between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Energy and Industry Department on the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei Darussalam, in a ceremony on the Malacañan Palace on Thursday, April 27.
They additionally witnessed the signing of the MOU on Cultural Cooperation between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam.
Both leaders learn their joint press statements for the Malacañang Press Corps and the worldwide media proper after the signing of the memoranda of settlement.
“With shared aspirations of achieving greater peace, progress and prosperity for our people, we agreed to further set-up collaborative efforts to achieve common goals,” President Duterte stated throughout the studying of their joint press assertion.
“We welcome intensified actions and exchanges between our governments and resort to utilize the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) mechanisms to chart future paths to review the progress that we have made,” he stated.
Duterte stated this “includes waging a committed and principled campaign against terrorism, violent extremism, and piracy at sea.”