Message in Conjunction with ASEAN Day 2019

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 in a titah says that 52 years ago, countries in this region declared their commitment to work towards a common goal of partnership for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian nations. Since then, member states have worked in close partnership to promote peace, amity and cooperation. Together, ASEAN has built a people-oriented and people-centred community, which endeavours to enhance the well-being and livelihood of the people's in the region by pursuing development along a path of sustainability. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made the titah in a message in conjunction with the ASEAN Day that is celebrated on every 8th of August.

In the titah, His Majesty says in this increasingly interconnected world, all of ASEAN's external partners including dialogue, sectoral dialogue and development partners play an important role in contributing towards the region's development. ASEAN deeply values their continued supports of ASEAN's unity and centrality. At the same time, cooperation under ASEAN Plus 3, East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum have strengthened the foundations for peace, security and prosperity in Southeast Asia and beyond.

His Majesty expresses full support towards Thailand and its work as ASEAN chair in 2019 under the theme 'Advancing Partnership for Sustainability'. The theme's principals of Creativity, Complementarities and Continuity reflects the importance of countries working together and building upon past success, as well as preparing the region to overcome new challenges. Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty adds, will look forward to continue working with all ASEAN members' states and external partners throughout the year as well as in the coming years. In ending the message, on behalf of the people of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty wishes all the ASEAN families a very happy ASEAN Day.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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