Sultan values Malaysia ties

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Majesty Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, and Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, on the occasion of Malaysia's 50th Independence Day.

His Majesty said he greatly values the warm and friendly relations and deep understanding that had so long been established between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

His Majesty also expressed his pleasure at the recent state visit of His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and Her Majesty Permaisuri Agong to Brunei Darussalam and prayed that this friendship, which had benefited both countries, would be maintained and enhanced in the years to come.

His Majesty together with Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar prayed to Allah the Almighty for both the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's and Permaisuri Agong's longevity, welfare and good health as well for the continued welfare, peace and prosperity of their people.

In his message to Datuk Seri Abdullah, His Majesty expressed his pleasure at the working visit by Datuk Seri Abdullah during the recent Royal Wedding of His Majesty's daughter, and prayed that the two countries' relations would be maintained and enhanced in the future, both at the bilateral level and in Asean, for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, also sent a congratulatory message to Malaysia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, and the government and people of Malaysia on the historic occasion of their 50th National Day.

His Royal Highness expressed his deepest appreciation to Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for his personal commitment to strengthening the relations between Brunei and Malaysia, both in their work together and as partners in Asean. - Borneo Bulletin (31st August 2007)