His Majesty also attended the 33rd ASEAN Summit Plenary Session together with the other ASEAN Heads of State and Government.

The ASEAN Summit Plenary began with the Welcoming Remarks by His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore as the Chairman of the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. This was followed by the ASEAN progress report presented by His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN.

During the Summit Plenary Session, His Majesty is heartened that ASEAN has continued to promote regional peace, stability and economic prosperity. ASEAN also have pursued an inclusive regional architecture, which has benefited ASEAN and its partners, and enabled positive engagement across the region.

His Majesty further stated that, ASEAN must continue to take the lead in shaping the future of the region and addressing issues of common concerns such as the peace and security in the region and the Korean Peninsula, and the promotion of Free and Open trade which is in the face of rising protectionism and anti-globalisation sentiments. In this regard, His Majesty emphasised the importance of concluding the RCEP negotiations.

His Majesty then commended Singapore for hosting the historic Summit between President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un this year and hoped the Commemorative Summit of ASEAN-Republic of Korea next year would provide opportunity for ASEAN and the Republic of Korea to further discuss peace and security in the region and also for the Korean Peninsula. His Majesty also stated that this would benefit ASEAN's strategic value in term of building trust and confidence amongst countries.

His Majesty also believed that the most important aspect for ASEAN to lead is in upholding the collective efforts approach which should bring tangible benefits to the people. Cooperation under ASEAN and its processes can build bridges of understanding and foster mutual trust among the people which is vital for the region's long term success.

His Majesty is also grateful with Guidelines on Third Country Consular Assistance, which will be adopted in the Declaration of the meeting. His Majesty believed the efforts like this will bring meaningful benefits to the people of ASEAN and key to ensuring ASEAN's long term success.

Brunei Darussalam remains committed to working with ASEAN partners towards realising common goals and His Majesty offers full support to the Prime Minister of Thailand, His Excellency Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thailand's Chairmanship next year.

Source: Radio Television Brunei