Congratulatory message of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Vladlen Semivolos to His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, on the occasion of His Majesty’s birthday
I have the honour to extend my most sincere congratulations to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam on the occasion of His Majesty’s birthday. It gives me utmost pleasure to wish His Majesty good health, happiness, well-being and every success in his noble work to secure further development and continued prosperity of Brunei Darussalam and its people.
In the eyes of the international community His Majesty is regarded a visionary leader who gives unwavering priority to the needs of his people and the future of his country. Under the wise guidance of His Majesty, on the international fora Brunei Darussalam conducts an independent policy aimed at living in harmony with other nations, attaches primary importance to promoting the principles of mutual respect, justice and equality, contributes to strengthening of peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region and the world. Over the years of its independence, Brunei acquired global recognition as the true Abode of Peace with a rich and unique culture, strong sense of national unity and remarkable achievements in the field of social and economic development.
It gives me a great pleasure to underscore that the President of Russia Mr Vladimir Putin and His Majesty devote personal attention to strengthening of friendship and development of relations between our states. Steered by the two leaders, Russia-Brunei ties have transformed into a strong and comprehensive partnership, which invariably continues to forge ahead.
One of the key areas of cooperation where our countries are working closely together to utilize its full potential is trade and economy. I am pleased to say that the outcomes of the multiple Russian business missions to Brunei Darussalam conducted in the recent years are quite satisfying – concrete agreements were reached in the fields of energy and agriculture, other cooperative opportunities are being examined.
This year we expect to see a substantive intensification of bilateral ties in the field of tourism. Tourist agents from the two countries expressed intention to establish direct ties with a view to make full use of the Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visa Requirements which entered into force last January. I am confident that Russian citizens will be keen to experience unique nature, rich culture and unparalleled tranquility of the Abode of Peace and hope that many Bruneian nationals on their part will explore the unrivalled tourism opportunities of our country. One out of many is connected with football – we are very much pleased that a number of Bruneian admirers of this game visited Russia this year for the FIFA World Cup matches. The spirit of this major celebration of sport was brought to Bandar Seri Begawan with the “World Cup Weekend”, which was organized by the Embassy and our Bruneian partners last May.
The course defined by the heads of our states also ensures growing trust and cooperation in the field of defence and security. Just to name a few of the latest developments in this area: the Agreement on Mutual Protection of Intellectual Property in the Course of Bilateral Military-Technical Cooperation was signed last April. The visits of the Russian ships to Brunei became regular, with the latest one taking place last October in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. A major step in advancing friendly relations between our countries was undertaken with the visit of the Minister of Defence II of Negara Brunei Darussalam Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof to Sochi last April to attend the 9th International Meeting of High-Ranking Officials Responsible for Security Matters.
Our ties in the humanitarian field continue to flourish. Russian and Bruneian institutions of higher learning, including Islamic universities, demonstrate growing intensity of mutual contacts and student exchanges. It gives me a pleasure to announce that the delegation of the Council of Muftis of Russia will visit Brunei Darussalam this September. The programme of the visit will include a number of mutually enriching events, including an exhibition dedicated to the Islamic treasures of Russia at the Waterfront Art Gallery, which will showcase the photos of the architectural masterpieces, the life and traditions of the Russian Muslim community.
I am confident that the multifaceted cooperation between Russia and Brunei will continue to expand and deepen bringing the people of our countries closer together, strengthening friendly relations and partnership between our states.
In conclusion, I would like to once again extend my congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam.