Ever growing bilateral ties

Danial Norjidi

Since Brunei Darussalam and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic ties more than three decades ago, the relations between the two brotherly countries have continued to get stronger and have seen continuous development under the wise leaderships of both countries.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam Emad bin Abdul Aziz bin Saad Al Muhanna shared this in a message delivered on the occasion of the 90th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is celebrated today.

“This year we celebrate the 90th National Day anniversary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It took His Majesty King Abdulaziz bin Abdul-Rahman Al Saud (may Allah the Almighty bless his soul) more than 32 years to achieve the unification of the present parts of Saudi Arabia into one country under the name, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His Majesty officially announced the establishment of the Saudi State on September 23, 1932,” said the ambassador.

The ambassador said, “The mutual understanding, respect, and ties of brotherhood that bond our two brotherly governments and people have witnessed continuous progress and development.”

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Brunei Darussalam will continue to seek ways to raise the level of bilateral and multilateral relations between the two nations in various fields through the Joint Saudi-Brunei Committee of Cooperation,” he affirmed. “I would like to express my profound gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Government of His Majesty for the support and assistance being rendered to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bandar Seri Begawan and which help in no small measure in fulfilling its mission and diplomatic duties.”

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam Emad bin Abdul Aziz bin Saad Al Muhanna. PHOTO: ROYAL EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

The ambassador said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has significantly achieved the required balance between the development needs of the nation on one hand, and the values, heritage, faith, and culture that underpin the society, on the other.

“The Kingdom, with the special grace of Allah the Almighty, is now being marked by well-developed political, financial, and legal systems.”

“The Kingdom has achieved great success in building solid and diversified economic base, to reduce its overdependence on oil exports,” he said. “The contribution of non-oil sectors to the economy has risen sharply. It is expected that the promising sectors of manufacturing, transport, communications, financial services, and construction would be the main players of growth in the nearest future, enabling the Saudi economy to maintain its leading position as the strongest economy in the region and one of the top economies in the world.”

The ambassador also noted that the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is continuing remarkable efforts in providing the best services for the pilgrims. “The Kingdom has continued its expansion projects in order to improve its facilities and still improving and constructing roads intersections, bridges and many development projects around the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.”

“I beseech Allah the Almighty in His infinite mercy to bless the efforts of the leaderships of our two brotherly countries. May He continue His protection, harmony and divine care on the government and people of our two brotherly countries,” concluded the ambassador.