Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to continue working closely with the government of Brunei to maintain the “excellent” bilateral and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Chief Executive said this at a state banquet hosted by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at his official residence, Istana Nurul Iman, in honor of the visiting leader. The event was attended by members of the Royal Family, the Philippine delegation, Brunei officials, and the diplomatic corps.
“Your sincere hospitality reaffirms the esteemed friendship that is always valued deeply by my people. We will continue to work closely to maintain the excellent ties between our nations and peoples,” Duterte said.
Prior to his speech, Bolkiah also committed to further strengthen Brunei’s ties with the Philippines. Both governments particularly agreed to deepen cooperation in various areas of development such as trade and investment, maritime security, achieving lasting peace in Mindanao and building a stronger Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) nations.
“We have explored and forged several undertakings that further cemented our special relations. This cooperation will continue to be reinforced for the mutual benefit of our nations,” he said, adding: “We have much to look forward to as we work together for greater peace, progress and prosperity.”
Duterte, who described Brunei as a “true friend”, said: “We must continue to view each other with the respect, mutual trust and confidence that have defined the Philippines-Brunei relations for the past 32 years.” (Elena Aben)