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 in a titah expresses confidence about Asia’s potential and place in the 21st century as a continent that is peaceful, stable, economically prosperous and comprehensively modern from the aspect of infrastructure, industry and open trade linkages.

His Majesty also expressed hope to see Asia strive to be more politically and socially responsive to the needs of its people, through the promotion of good governance, social equality and justice, and enhancing quality of life. His Majesty made the titah at the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue, A.C.D Summit which was held at the Vithes Samosorn Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok. Upon arrival, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was greeted by His Excellency Retired General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. His Majesty then joined His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Head of States, Head of Governments and Head of Delegations of ACD for a group photo session.

The Opening Ceremony began with the Opening Remarks by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand who welcomed all Head of States, Head of Governments and Head of Delegations of ACD to the 2nd A.C.D Summit.

This was followed by statements by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait and by the Head of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Delegations.

During the Summit, His Majesty delivered a Titah and observed that since the first ACD Summit in 2012, the international community has been faced by with a number of challenges, which includes growing conflicts, the effects of climate change, the escalation of the refugee situation and how to ensure sustainable development.

His Majesty also recognized that the ACD is uniquely placed to contribute towards global efforts to tackle issues and concerns, and work towards an Asian community.

In ending the Titah, His Majesty looked forward to future direction of the ACD through the ‘ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030’ and the ‘Bangkok Declaration’; as well as the “ACD Statement on Reigniting Growth through Partnerships for Connectivity”.

Source: Radio Television Brunei