His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon also attended the 34th ASEAN Summit Plenary Session, which was held at The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok.

Accompanying His Majesty at the Plenary Session was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. The Plenary Session of the 34th ASEAN Summit began with Opening Remarks by His Excellency Retired General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Chairman of ASEAN, who welcomed the ASEAN Heads of State and Government. This was followed by the presentation of the ASEAN Progress Report by His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary-General.

During the meeting, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di- Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivered a titah in which His Majesty firstly congratulated His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on his splendid Coronation ceremonies. His Majesty also congratulated Their Excellency's the Prime Minister of Thailand and President of the Republic of Indonesia on their elections.

His Majesty then stated that Brunei Darussalam fully supports Thailand's Chairmanship and welcomes a sustainable approach towards ensuring the long-term success of the ASEAN Community whereby the work within ASEAN should be inclusive, and the benefits shared by the people at all levels throughout Southeast Asia.

There are other opportunities to build a more integrated ASEAN Community, including strengthening cooperation in Education by the facilitation of Student Exchange Programmes between institutions in ASEAN Member States to build friendship and help youths in understanding the diversity within the region; building on initiatives that will prepare ASEAN better for the digital future combined with the enhanced intra-ASEAN travel and connectivity by strengthening telecommunications in the region, especially in the area of mobile data roaming.

His Majesty also believes that this would greatly help businesses as well as travellers in ASEAN, and hopes that ASEAN leaders could give the Ministers strong political encouragement for its timely realisation, which would directly benefit the ASEAN people. And finally, recognising that addressing collective challenges can unify the ASEAN people, who must be given the opportunity to help one another, especially as the impact of climate change remains a great concern, and given the increased frequency of natural disasters in Southeast Asia.

Concluding the titah, His Majesty reiterated that a people-centred ASEAN Community is essential for a sustainable future, with peace, stability and prosperity for all. After the Plenary Session, His Majesty proceeded for the Gala Dinner with other ASEAN Heads of State and Government.

Source: Radio Television Brunei