At the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah expresses satisfaction in celebrating the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue relations, in which the cooperation continues to bring many mutual benefits for their peoples in a wide range of areas. To this end, His Majesty calls upon ASEAN and New Zealand to focus on improving their peoples' livelihoods and building a resilient region.
Earlier at the Summit, His Excellency the ASEAN Chairman in his remarks welcomed the New Zealand's active contributions towards advancing cooperation through ASEAN-led dialogues and frameworks in the region. ASEAN and New Zealand are able to overcome challenges as the world faces complex developments including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand acknowledged that ASEAN and New Zealand's relations have successfully brought about peace and prosperity in the region. ASEAN is one of New Zealand's top trading and investment partners and forms a critical strategic hub, connecting New Zealand to Asia and the rest of the world. In combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand emphasised its commitment towards free and equitable access to vaccines; keeping supply chains open and resilient; as well as a rules-based international order.
The ASEAN Common Statement was delivered by His Excellency Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance of the Kingdom of Cambodia, as Country Coordinator of ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Relations, among other things, encouraged further cooperation between ASEAN and New Zealand to attain greater progress in the three ASEAN pillars under four key themes of "People, Prosperity, Peace and Planet". At the end of the Summit, the ASEAN and New Zealand Leaders adopted the Joint ASEAN-New Zealand Leaders' Vision Statement on the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Relations: A Legacy of Partnership, A Future Together.
Source: Radio Television Brunei