HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send messages of congratulations to India and Australia on the occasion of India’s Republic Day and Australia Day respectively.
His Majesty sent messages of congratula-tions to Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, as well as the Government and people of India on the occasion of the Republic Day.
In his message to Pranab Mukherjee, His Majesty much appreciated the warm friendship and close cooperation enjoyed by the two countries, especially the contributions from the Indian community working in Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty looked forward to strengthening these much-valued relations in the coming years.
His Majesty ended his message by extending his kindest regards and very best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of India and its people.
Meanwhile, in His Majesty’s message to the Prime Minister of India, the monarch stated that it was a great pleasure co-chairing the Asean-India Summit with Modi last November in Nay Pyi Taw and His Majesty much appreciated the work together with the Indian Prime Minister in further developing this important dialogue partnership. His Majesty looked forward to continue working with Modi to strengthen these close bilateral relations and cooperation.
His Majesty ended his message by extending his kindest regards and very best wishes for Modi’s good health and prosperity.
His Majesty also sent messages of congratulations to General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Rtd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, as well as the Government and people of Australia on the occasion of Australia Day.
In his message to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Majesty stated that the two countries and peoples had enjoyed strong bonds of friendship over the past 30 years, and had worked together successfully in many practical projects and initiatives. His Majesty looked forward to continue working closely with General Sir Peter Cosgrove to strengthen these much-valued ties, both bilaterally and as close partners in the region.
His Majesty ended his message by extending his kindest regards and very best wishes.
Meanwhile, in His Majesty’s message to Abbott, His Majesty greatly valued the warm and longstanding friendship and cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Australia, which had strengthened over the past 30 years. His Majesty was pleased to meet Abbott in Nay Pyi Taw last November during the summit and to have the opportunity to exchange views on ways to strengthen further the Asean-Australia partnership. His Majesty looked forward to continuing work together with Abbott in the coming years as regional partners.
His Majesty ended his message by extending his kindest regards and very best wishes for Abbott’s continued good health, happiness as well as the progress and prosperity of the people of Australia.
In a similar congratulatory message, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, congratulated Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj and the Government and people of India on their Republic Day.
“It was a pleasure co-chairing the Asean-India meeting with you in August in Nay Pyi Taw and I look forward to continuing our work together especially our dialogue partnership.
“I much appreciate the warm friendship and cooperation shared between our two countries and also the valuable contribution of your people in Brunei’s development,” said His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed.
In a message to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia, Julie Bishop, MP, His Royal Highness congratulated her, the Government and people on Australia Day.
“The long-standing friendship enjoyed by our two countries is much-valued and I look forward to continuing to strengthen our warm and close relations, as bilateral and regional partners.
“I would like to congratulate Australia again on the new Colombo Plan and we are delighted to welcome more of your students in Brunei in the near future,” His Royal Highness added.