His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and The Honourable Dato Laila Utama Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting in Putrajaya and hope that the implementation of the decisions reached at the meeting will further strengthen relations and cooperation of mutual interest.

The expression of satisfaction was included in the Joint Statement of 28 matters issued after the 20th Annual Leaders’ Consultation between the heads of governments of the both countries which took place today. On the EXCHANGE OF LETTERS signed in March 2009, both leaders stressed its importance to give way for strategic bilateral partnership and urged officials to intensify efforts to conclude outstanding matters.

The leaders welcomed cooperation between both countries in the field of Green Technology and were pleased with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on it today. In the energy field, His Majesty and the Honourable were pleased with the continued progress made by PetroleumBRUNEI and PETRONAS in the Commercial Arrangement Areas (CAA), Production Sharing Agreements and in their collaboration in Canada and Myanmar.

Joint efforts on the joint demarcation and survey of the land boundary between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia were also discussed where the two Leaders expressed their pleasure at the excellent work and progress of the joint technical teams and urged for the efforts to be expedited.

The leaders also urged that discussions be intensified to enable the early operational of the provision of the Exchange of Letters relating to maritime access. The Leaders reiterated their commitment to enhance economic cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia especially with the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Both Leaders were pleased to note that bilateral trade and investment flows between the two countries remained strong and acknowledged that there still remain untapped potentials. The Leaders therefore proposed for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to work together to explore business opportunities.

Both Leaders also encouraged both sides to continue exploring potential areas of economic cooperation bilaterally through the BIMP-EAGA platform. In the area of defence, the Leaders reiterated the importance of defence cooperation between the two countries in maintaining peace and stability in light of growing security challenges and threats in the region. Both Leaders expressed their satisfaction with the existing bilateral cooperation in defence which continues to strengthen through various methods including meetings and exchanges of views. The Leaders further noted of the excellent engagements and close cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries.

His Majesty and the Honourable also discussed emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as the threat of Zika Virus and were satisfied with the efforts of both countries in addressing the threat. On the Zika Virus, both Leaders noted the commitment of ASEAN Health Ministers to enhance preparedness and response to the said disease.

Touching on the youth issue, the Leaders expressed pleasure with the existing cooperation in youth exchanges and encouraged both sides to continue promoting activities such as volunteerism, sports training and leadership development.

In the Joint Statement, His Majesty commended Malaysia’s role as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2015 – 2016 term, including the successful conclusion of its presidency in the month of August 2016, noting that Malaysia’s vision of peace and moderation is an important approach in today’s international efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism.

Source: Radio Television Brunei News.