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National

Day

32

Page 4

Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016

(From Page 2)

Brunei is active in a number of regional

and multilateral forums, including Asia

Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC),

the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Asean

Regional Forum (ARF), the Asean Defence

Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+), the

Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Forum

for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation

(FEALAC) and the Asia Cooperation

Dialogue.

It is also a member of the Organisation

of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the World

Trade Organization (WTO) and joined

the United Nations (UN) when it became

independent.

Working hand-in-hand with these

bodies, the country has addressed many of

the world’s issues ranging from finance to

defence, health and social security. In the

last year, His Majesty and other members

in his government visited several other

countries and attended a number of

international meets.

In November 2015, the monarch

attended back-to-back meetings in the

Philippines for the APEC Leaders Summit

followed by the Asean Summit in Kuala

Lumpur, Malaysia where leaders discussed

economic reforms, trade cooperation and,

more poignantly worked hard towards

combating security threats and terrorism

in the region.

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 attends the 18

th

Asean Plus Three Summit during the Asean summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 21, 2015

PHOTOS: EPA

His Majesty (3

rd

L) with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L), US President Barack Obama (2

nd

L), Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (3

rd

R), Russian Prime Minister

Dmitry Medvedev (2

nd

R) and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a photo session of heads of delegations participating in the 10

th

East Asia Summit (EAS) at the 27

th

Asean Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22, 2015

His Majesty with Philippines President Benigno Aquino III (C) and his sister Maria Elena

Aquino-Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

(APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, November 18, 2015