Strong brotherly bilateral ties

Danial Norjidi

For more than three decades, Brunei and Kuwait have continued to maintain an excellent bilateral relationship.

This was highlighted by Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Brunei Darussalam Salah Mubarak Musleh Al-Mutairi in a message conveyed on the occasion of Kuwait’s 69th National Day and 30th Liberation Day.

The ambassador described the celebration as a moment of pride for Kuwaitis from every walk of life.

“This year’s celebration will be the first under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,” said the ambassador. “As our nation ushers in a new era, I like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt congratulations to His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and the people of Kuwait on this glorious occasion.”

“Kuwait is always at the forefront in the region and beyond in pioneering professional institutions of governing that look similar to polities in the modern world,” he continued. “Indeed, Kuwait was among the first to introduce a constitutional framework, an elected parliament and a democratic style of governance with separate powers vested in the legislative, executive and judiciary.”

Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Brunei Darussalam Salah Mubarak Musleh Al-Mutairi. PHOTO: THE EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Inspired by its principles of mutual respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, equality and non-interference in internal affairs of other nations, Kuwait pursues a moderate and balanced foreign policy, said the ambassador.

“By virtue of this rational policy, Kuwait was able to establish strong relations with brotherly and friendly countries, including Brunei Darussalam, to achieve development, prosperity and preserve peace and stability.

“For more than three decades, Brunei and Kuwait continue to maintain excellent bilateral relationships that enjoy full support of our leaderships; nevertheless, both sides have yet to utilise these long-standing ties to their fullest potential,” said the ambassador.

“Yet exchanges of high-profile visits gave tremendous impetus to the bilateral relations. In this vein, it is noteworthy to recall the official visit by 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 to the State of Kuwait in 2015, and the late Amir Sheikh Sabah’s historic visit to Brunei Darussalam in 2016.

“In the course of these visits, several agreements were inked to enhance cooperation in fields of economic, trade, investment and higher education to name a few. Shared values and similarities between the two countries made them as natural partners. Proceeding from this premise, Kuwait reiterates its readiness to cooperate in further promoting our fraternal relations and to engage in full-fledged cooperation at all levels to achieve our common interests.

“The bilateral ties are by no means limited to high-level engagements and should be deepened and enriched further by business-to-business dialogue and people-to-people exchanges.”

The ambassador said that towards that end, the Brunei-Kuwait Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) was established, and over the years the JCM has managed to achieve progress on all levels pertaining to the bilateral ties.

During its previous meetings, JCM reviewed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation of mutual interests. JCM holds its meetings in rotation between the two countries. The ambassador shared that the 4th JCM was supposed to be held in Kuwait last year but was postponed due to the pandemic and would be convened as soon as this pandemic is over.

He highlighted that in the midst of this pandemic, Kuwait has not lost sight of the necessity for further deepening bilateral cooperation and pursuing shared interests with Brunei Darussalam on all fields.

“While coronavirus is a health concern that is being taken seriously by the whole world, it could be a driver of change to open a new window of opportunity for deepening our bilateral relations in various fields such as economics of digitisation, innovative technologies, healthcare and so forth. In this regard, I truly like to commend the leadership and government of Brunei Darussalam for their tremendous efforts to eradicate this pandemic. The Sultanate followed a proactive approach to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at an early stage.

“Furthermore, His Majesty’s Government introduced initiatives in mitigating the impact of COVID-19, and exerted great efforts in reaching out to local businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic, as such valuable support contributed in accelerating the economic recovery process. In addition, Brunei helped other neighbouring countries to curb the spread of the virus.”

The ambassador added that Brunei’s success in defeating COVID-19 was praised by the international community and relevant organisations.

“To conclude, I am glad to congratulate Brunei Darussalam for taking the helm of ASEAN this year. Kuwait extends its full support to Brunei and looks forward to working closely with His Majesty’s Government to deepen and strengthen cooperation on bilateral and multilateral levels. Moreover, I wish to extend my kindest congratulations to His Majesty, the Government and the people of Brunei on the advent of their 37th National Day.”