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National

Day

32

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Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016

Brunei committed

to international

peace, cooperation

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 during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit which

is taking place for three days before the start of the 70

th

session General Debate of the

United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New

York, USA, September 26, 2015

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THE foreign policy of Brunei Darussalam

aims to fortify its relations with

other countries through bilateral and

multilateral forums by encouraging

cooperation among the members in

all fields with the goal of contributing

towards peace, security, stability and

prosperity in the region and beyond.

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 last year highlighted Brunei’s role

in international affairs, reassuring that

the country would continue to foster

and strengthen relations with other

nations through, but not limited to, its

membership in regional and international

organisations.

With Brunei also having interests

in regional and international safety,

His Majesty, who assumed the post of

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

following the cabinet reshuffle in

October 2015 noted that the country

has extensively lent help to victims

of natural disasters in line with its

capabilities, which is fundamental to

Brunei’s guiding principles of foreign

policy that include mutual respect for

the territorial integrity, sovereignty,

independence and national identity of

all nations; recognition of the equality

of all nations large and small; non-

interference in internal affairs; peaceful

settlement of disputes and cooperation

for mutual benefit.

Since Brunei gaining independence

from the British in 1984, Asean, where it

became a member in the same year and

has been an active member ever since, has

remained the cornerstone of its foreign

policy.

The Chair for Asean and the East

Asia Summit (EAS) in 2013 gave the

Sultanate a significant position with

His Majesty being considered a firm

sounding board for ideas, wisdom

and leadership having decades of

experience that helped build the

Asean to its present premier position,

especially when the region is now seen

as a rising force in Asia.

Brunei works hand-in-hand with other

members of the bloc, thanks to the close

relations it built with fellow neighbouring

countries and has always been praised

for its role in keeping stability in the

region by countries even far and across

like Australia, China, the United States

and the United Kingdom.

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