His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory mess-ages to Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy, on the occasion of Italy's Republic Day.
His Majesty conveyed his warmest congratulations to the president, govern-ment and people of the Republic of Italy on the occasion of Republic Day.
His Majesty also wished the Italian President good health and happiness.
Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, sent a congratulatory message to Franco Frattini, Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs.
His Royal Highness said, "It gives me great pleasure to present my congratulations and best wishes to you and to the government and people of Italy on the anniversary of the republic.
"I much appreciate the friendly ties between our countries and I look forward to continuing to enhance these relations both bilaterally and as regional partners in Asem and the Asean-Eu Dialogue."
- Borneo Bulletin
(2nd June 2009)