39th ASEAN Summit

At the 39th ASEAN Summit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah express belief that it is important to reflect on developments within the region, while ASEAN should also uphold its integrity and credibility. The situation in Myanmar has captured global attention this year. To this end, His Majesty reaffirms that Myanmar is a part of the ASEAN family and, with respect to the principle of non-interference, it is important to give Myanmar space to return to normalcy. His Majesty expresses the hope that Myanmar fully implements the Five-Point Consensus in a timely manner to help the country regain the confidence of the regional and international community.

In the titah, the Monarch highlights ASEAN's significant progress in strengthening cooperation with external partners, noting the expansion of work to collectively address COVID-19 and prepare for the future. ASEAN-led processes continue to be the best way for ASEAN to effectively address issues of common concern. His Majesty also welcomes the United Kingdom as the first new Dialogue Partner of ASEAN in over two decades. The Monarch then highlights the need for ASEAN to uphold an open, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture, with ASEAN at its centre.

At the Summit, the leaders underscored that, in light of geopolitical tensions and conflicts between major powers, ASEAN centrality and unity are especially vital when engaging with external partners on issues such as the Indo-Pacific, South China Sea, Korean Peninsula as well as new security agreements. Leaders also urged for the mediation of the situation in Myanmar to uphold ASEAN's credibility and preserve regional peace, security and stability. At the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits, the Chairman's Statement of the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits was issued and adopted by ASEAN Leaders.

Source: Radio Television Brunei