BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam today expressed interest to collaborate with Malaysia towards achieving the sultanate’s goal of self-sufficiency in agriculture.
Lauding Malaysia’s ability in generating its economy through agriculture, the monarch said Brunei could learn a lot from its more experienced neighbour.
“With Brunei looking towards achieving our own national goal of self-sufficiency in this field, the country (Brunei) is hopeful of cooperating with Malaysia,” His Majesty said in a titah delivered at a luncheon with Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dato Laila Utama Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia at Baitur Rahmah today.
His Majesty said the state visit of the Malaysian Premier reflected the close relations between the two countries.
The monarch added he was confident that the friendship had benefited both states and enabled cooperation in many fields including commerce, investments, defence, education, health and tourism.
His Majesty also said a prime example of a significant collaboration between Brunei and Malaysia is the continuous close efforts in defence through military exercises and peace missions.
The Malaysian Prime Minister also shared the same sentiment and expressed his heartfelt gratitude on the long-term bilateral relations between the two countries.
“We have worked together in many fields and many advantages that we can reap from our close relationship for instance, security in our region,” said Tun Dr Mahathir.
Brunei is the first country for the Malaysian Premier’s official state-visit since he took office for the second time after winning the Malaysian General Election in May.
Prior to the luncheon, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha received in audience the Malaysian Prime Minister and his spouse, Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Datin Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.
After the audience ceremony, His Majesty held a bilateral Meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir which was held at Cheradi Ratna Kenchana.
Present at the audience and luncheon were other members of the royal family and accompanying members of the Malaysian Premier’s entourage.
The 93-year-old leader and his spouse had been in the country since September 2 and returned to Malaysia tonight.