ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting

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, chaired the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting, which was held at the Bali Room, ASEAN Secretariat Building in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia. 24th April. Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The meeting was held at the ASEAN Secretariat Building.

His Majesty was greeted on arrival at the ASEAN Secretariat Building by His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN. During the ASEAN Leader's Meeting, His Majesty in his titah acknowledges that this is an important time for the region as ASEAN is looking to advance its Community building, recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address pressing regional developments. His Majesty then expresses appreciation for the support of ASEAN Member States for Brunei Darussalam's Chairmanship of ASEAN this year, under the theme "We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper".

In addition, His Majesty also extends his support for the procurement of vaccines for the peoples of ASEAN through the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. In facing future uncertainties, His Majesty emphasises the importance for ASEAN to continue strengthening its unity and Centrality through efforts that are people-centred and focused on the youth by instilling a continued sense of belonging to the ASEAN Community. On external relations, ASEAN should continue to take a proactive approach and be seen as leading the process, which includes holding the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings with the People's Republic of China and the United States.

Aside from that, His Majesty also welcomes the ASEAN Secretariat's recommendation to accept the United Kingdom's application to become a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN; and propose to facilitate the United Kingdom in becoming a dialogue partner at the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting, AMM. At the meeting, His Majesty states that ASEAN Member States have been following developments in Myanmar, and at the same time have continued to respect the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter.

His Majesty recognises that regional stability is vital for the greater peace and prosperity of the people in ASEAN. In this regard, His Majesty notes the outcomes of the Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting which was held recently, which called for all parties to refrain from further violence and to seek a peaceful solution in Myanmar as well as to continue efforts in the Rakhine State. In relation to this, ASEAN Member States expressed readiness to assist Myanmar through ASEAN mechanisms with the good offices of the Chairman of ASEAN and the Secretary-General to mediate between all parties concerned, based on ASEAN's long history with past experiences to draw upon on how to help Myanmar.

At the end of the titah, His Majesty expresses appreciation for the constructive comments, positive contribution and ideas from ASEAN Member States on this matter. To this end, His Majesty hopes to continue in this spirit of close cooperation and coordination as ASEAN Member States work to overcome challenges as a family in ASEAN. After the Meeting, a Chairman's Statement on the ASEAN Leader's Meeting was issued. The ASEAN Leaders' Meeting is a significant milestone for ASEAN as it was held at the ASEAN Secretariat for the first time since the establishment of ASEAN on 8th August 1967.

Source: Radio Television Brunei