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    Sultan lauds ties with ‘close friend’ Laos

    Hakim Hayat

    Calling Laos a “close friend to Brunei Darussalam”, 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 praised the warm and close relations through people-to-people links both sides have cultivated over many years.

    The signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the areas of energy and agriculture between both countries yesterday, His Majesty said, will help secure energy for our growth and food for our people, which is essential for continued peace, security and prosperity.

    His Majesty said President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith’s visit is also particularly meaningful as the Sultanate and Laos will celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year.

    His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam hosted a state banquet last night at Istana Nurul Iman in honour of Thongloun Sisoulith and spouse Naly Sisoulith, as well as the Lao delegation who are in the country for a three-day state visit.

    Present at the state banquet were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam.

    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; Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman at the state banquet for President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith and spouse Naly Sisoulith. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
    ABOVE & BELOW: 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; Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman at the state banquet for President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith and spouse Naly Sisoulith. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR & INFOFOTO

    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; Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam during the state banquet. PHOTOS: INFOFOTO
    ABOVE & BELOW: His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah during the state banquet

    ABOVE & BELOW: Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati binti Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam during the state banquet

    President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith gives a speech during the state banquet

    His Majesty said he is also confident that there will be more encouraging developments from the Investment and Business Forum that the president will be attending today, in further enhancing both countries’ trade and economic linkages.

    “Therefore, I look forward to the excellent outcomes of these collaborations, for the mutual benefit of our two countries and our peoples,” His Majesty further added.

    His Majesty also expressed his appreciation to Laos for the friendship in ASEAN and thanked the president for his unwavering support to His Majesty as Chairman of ASEAN throughout last year.

    President Thongloun in his speech praised the enduring friendship of both governments focussing on good bilateral ties and close cooperations between the two countries.

    The president also said that the bilateral relations between both countries will continously deepen and strenghten, where leaders of both countries maintain regular exchanges, and provide mutual assistance and support.

    “This is also underpinned by the traditions and sincere friendship shared by the people of our two countries,” he added.

    The president also welcomed the signing of the two MoUs in two new arenas yesterday, which he said will further elevate both countries’ cooperation, offering vast potential for mutual collaboration that will bring mutual benefits.

    Also present at the state banquet was the Lao delegation including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith and spouse.

    The state banquet began with the recitation of Doa Selamat by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

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