29 years of fruitful Qatar-Brunei bilateral ties

Azlan Othman

Qatar and Brunei Darussalam have made great strides in their bilateral relations, and have always enjoyed deep-rooted historical, cultural, and social ties.

Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Brunei Darussalam Jassim Ali Abdullah Al Obaidli said this in a message conveyed on the occasion of the National Day of the State of Qatar, which is celebrated today.

“With firm resolve, Qatar citizens continue to attain more achievements under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who has vowed to improve the march of nation building, striking a high note in Qatari people’s enthusiasm for an ambitious resurgence that covers all spheres of life,” said the ambassador. “On this memorable occasion, the Qatari people ponder over achievements made in the past decades.

“The efforts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, coupled with the resourcefulness of the people moulded the country into the honourable shape that the Amir had envisioned – a state of peace, development and prosperity that abounds with all means of dignified life.

“We are delighted to observe the State of Qatar rising quickly to prominence over the last few decades, both regionally and internationally to become an economic, political and cultural powerhouse in the Middle East.”

The envoy added that the march of Qatar’s development is progressing in full confidence and it is now looking forward to a bright future.

The State of Qatar is planning to continue carrying out many major projects meant to diversify the economy, develop sources of revenues and increase employment opportunities for the national manpower.

An aerial view of Doha, Qatar

Speaking on the Qatar-Brunei Darussalam bilateral relationship, the ambassador said diplomatic relations between the two were established on October 2, 1991. The Embassy of Brunei Darussalam was set up in Doha in June 2001 at Charge d’Affaires level, while Qatar opened its embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in October 2008, also headed by Charge d’Affaires. Both missions were later upgraded to ambassadorial levels.

“The Qatar-Brunei Darussalam bilateral relations rest on the bedrock of genuine friendship and fraternity. Qatar has always enjoyed deep-rooted historical, cultural, and social ties with Brunei Darussalam. The two countries have made great strides in bilateral relations that have truly become multi-faceted and will continue to grow and flourish in depth and dimension to the mutual benefit of the two peoples in the years ahead.”

He highlighted that, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Brunei Darussalam 29 years ago, the two countries have inked numerous cooperative agreements and memorandums of understanding, strengthening closer cooperation in various fields.

“The close relations are also evident during the visit paid by His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to Brunei Darussalam in January 2012 – during which His Highness and the accompanying delegation met with 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 some of the Cabinet Ministers, and agreed to further strengthen the bilateral exchanges and cooperation in different fields.”

The envoy said that high-level visits at the ministerial level continue to play an important role in the evolution of Qatar-Brunei relationship.

“The potential of cooperation between Qatar and Brunei Darussalam is wide and spacious.

The State of Qatar welcomes Bruneian investments, particularly in tourism, logistics, mining and fisheries as well as technology, healthcare, education, energy, water, environment, and renewable energy.

“In addition, the area of cooperation is widely open to joint venture projects and investments whether in Qatar or in Brunei Darussalam or any other country. It is hoped that the private sector will play a major role in this partnership.”

The ambassador also invited Bruneian companies to take the opportunity to participate in these projects and investments.

He said that the embassy is keen on providing support and cooperation to Bruneian companies and looks forward to their participation and presence in Qatar.

The ambassador expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the cooperation, generosity and hospitality extended to the embassy.

“Last but not least, I’m confident that our relations and cooperation in the coming years will witness further enhancement and development. Ultimately, my heartfelt wishes to Brunei Darussalam’s further success and progress and for the Qatar-Brunei Darussalam relationship’s further development and prosperity,” concluded the ambassador.