Royal congratulatory messages to Republic of India and Australia

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to President of the Republic of India Pratibha Devisingh and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the occasion of the anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic.

In his message to the Indian president, His Majesty once again expressed his great appreciation for the welcome that he had received from the people of India during His Majesty's state visit in May last year.

His Majesty also greatly appreciated the long-standing and much-valued friendship and cooperation shared by Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of India and looked forward to strengthening relations in the coming years.

In his congratulatory message to the Indian prime minister, His Majesty congratulated Mr Singh on the occasion of the anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic.

His Majesty also expressed his great pleasure on the state visit to India last year and congratulated the prime minister on the outstanding progress and development achieved by the people of India.

His Majesty further stated that Brunei attached great importance to the cooperation with India, both bilaterally and regionally, and looked forward to continuing work together with Mr Singh to strengthen the much-valued relations in the coming years.

Meanwhile, in a similar message, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah congratulated India's Minister of External Affairs, the government and the people of India on the Republic Day.

"I greatly appreciate the long-standing relationship and much-valued cooperation that our people share and I look forward to continuing our work together to strengthen these excellent relations in the years to come," added Prince Mohamed.

His Majesty also consented to send congratulatory messages to Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the occasion of Australia Day.

In his message to the governor-general, His Majesty expressed his and the people of Brunei's appreciation with the long-standing friendship between Brunei and Australia. The recent unveiling of the Brunei-Australia War Memorial in the country was seen as another testimony to that friendship.

His Majesty also expressed delight with the successful conclusion of the Asean-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and thanked Australia for the support it gave to Brunei during the negotiations.

His Majesty stated that he looked forward to enhancing the countries' relations, both bilaterally and within the Asean-Australia partnership in the years to come.

In his message to the prime minister, His Majesty said he appreciated the commitment made by Mr Rudd and his administration to strengthening relations between Australia and Southeast Asia.

His Majesty also said he looked forward to continuing working with the prime minister to deepen the long-standing friendship and much-valued cooperation shared by Brunei and Australia, both bilaterally and regionally.

Meanwhile, in a similar congratulatory message to Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith MP, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah said, "I have much pleasure in sending my warm wishes to you, the government and the people of Australia on Australia Day."

"I much appreciate the excellent relations that our countries share and look forward to working with you in the spirit of respect, friendship and cooperation that has traditionally characterised our relations," Prince Mohamed added. - Borneo Bulletin (26th Jan 2009)