His Majesty then attended the 6th ASEAN-United States of America Summit.
Before the Summit, His Majesty joined other leaders of ASEAN and the Vice President of the United States of America for a group photo.
The ASEAN-US Summit began with the Opening Statement by His Excellency the Chairman of ASEAN, who welcomed the Vice President of the United States of America.
This was followed by a statement from His Excellency Michael Richard Pence, Vice President of the United States of America.
His Excellency the Chairman of ASEAN then invited His Excellency Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic as Country Coordinator to deliver the ASEAN common statement.
In this summit, His Majesty in the titah firstly welcomes Vice President Pence to the Meeting. His Majesty then states that the United States is an important partner, and ASEAN appreciate its strong commitment to regional peace, stability and prosperity. His Majesty also commends the United States in its efforts to strengthen security in the region over this past year.
The United States, His Majesty adds, is also an important economic partner, being one of ASEAN's top sources of investment. For Brunei Darussalam, the contributions of the United States' companies to the economy have been valuable and thus hope to see continued investments in the future.
His Majesty is also pleased that that the United States' enterprises have started providing internships to ASEAN students in order for them to gain expertise and help human capital development in the region. Therefore, His Majesty welcomes the regional capacity building efforts under the ASEAN-U.S. Connect and IGNITE which is Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce.
In the titah, His Majesty expresses that such mutually beneficial initiatives not only will promote economic development, but also help prepare the people for the digital revolution and provide them with new opportunities. In ending the titah, His Majesty said that the close collaboration between all countries has also fostered greater trust and understanding between the people. This friendship remains the strong foundation for the Strategic Partnership, as ASEAN continues working together to ensure a resilient and prosperous region.
Source: Radio Television Brunei