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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received in audience The Honourable Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defence of the Republic of the Philippines. Also present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defence; Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF and Her Excellency Marian Jocelyn R-Tirol Ignacio, Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of the Philippines to Brunei Darussalam. 

The Secretary of National Defence of the Republic of the Philippines is currently in the country for a three-day official visit. The official visit aims to continue efforts to strengthen defence cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Philippines. Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Philippines enjoy close and longstanding defence cooperation, which was strengthened through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation on the 22nd of August 2001, which ranges from defence agreements and professional exchanges at all levels to training and exercises across the Land, Navy, and Air Force from both sides. The audience ceremony took place at the Istana Nurul Iman, yesterday afternoon. 

His Majesty received in audience the Secretary of National Defence of the Republic of the Philippines. The defence relationship between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Philippines is also underpinned extensively through various multilateral platforms, which include the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting, ADMM and the ADMM-Plus, as well as through international peacekeeping operations such as the International Monitoring Team, IMT in Mindanao and International Decommissioning Body Verification and Monitoring Assistance Teams, IDBV-MAT in Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines. 

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to Her Excellency Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister of the French Republic on the occasion of her appointment as the new Prime Minister of the French Republic. 


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates following His Highness' appointment as the new President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, left Washington D.C., United States of America, 14th May night, after attending the ASEAN-United States (U.S.) Special Summit. Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

Prior to departure, Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. 

Present at the airport to bid farewell to His Majesty was His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Serbini bin Haji Ali, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the United States of America. 

During the visit to Washington D.C., His Majesty attended a Working Luncheon hosted by Her Excellency Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States of America, in which Leaders discussed matters on maritime cooperation, as well as pandemic and health recovery. His Majesty in a titah says that ASEAN and the U.S. remain committed to peaceful engagements through dialogue and consultations through various ASEAN-led mechanisms to ensure continued regional peace, stability and prosperity. 

Following this, His Majesty attended the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit, which was held at the Department of State. Plenary Session One was chaired by Her Excellency Vice President of the United States of America and discussed on climate action, clean energy transformation and sustainable infrastructure. 

During the session, His Majesty welcomed the U.S' engagement in climate change initiatives in the region. Meanwhile, Plenary Session Two was chaired by His Excellency Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, in which Leaders discussed on regional and global issues, as well as ASEAN-U.S. relations in the future and issues on the Indo-Pacific region. 

During the session, His Majesty welcomed the U.S' engagement in climate change initiatives in the region. Meanwhile, Plenary Session Two was chaired by His Excellency Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, in which Leaders discussed on regional and global issues, as well as ASEAN-U.S. relations in the future and issues on the Indo-Pacific region.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah says that ASEAN and the U.S. remain committed to peaceful engagement, including through dialogue and consultations within the various ASEAN-led mechanisms to ensure continued regional peace, stability and prosperity. 

His Majesty made the titah at a Working Luncheon hosted by Her Excellency Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States of America that took place at the Department of State, Washington D.C. In the titah, His Majesty highlights that ASEAN has established the ASEAN SHIELD to ensure a collective, rapid and effective response to multi-dimensional emergencies and disasters in the future, and encouraged relevant U.S. agencies such as the Federal Management Agency and the U.S. Center for Disease and Control Prevention to add value to ASEAN's efforts to build a more resilient region. 

The Monarch in titah also recalls the East Asia Summit Leaders' Statement on Mental Health Cooperation, which the U.S. co-sponsored in 2021. In this regard, His Majesty hopes that ASEAN and the U.S. can advance cooperation in mental health. In addition, maritime security cooperation in the region also remains vital for ensuring the safety of sea lanes of communication. His Majesty underlines that Brunei Darussalam continues to work closely with regional partners in promoting maritime security through dialogue and cooperation, through the hosting of the ninth Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum last year, which focused on international law and marine environmental protection; as well as the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus, in which the ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure between military officials was expanded to include external partners such as the U.S. His Majesty's arrival at the Department of State was greeted by Ambassador Rufus Gifford, Chief of Protocol for the United States. His Majesty then proceeded to the Benjamin Franklin Room to attend the luncheon. Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

The Working Luncheon began with welcoming remarks delivered by the Vice President of the United States of America, highlighted that the U.S. remains committed to deepening its relationship with ASEAN and its Member States, and noted the vital strategic importance of the region towards prosperity and security of Americans. The Leaders also discussed on maritime cooperation as well as health and pandemic recovery.

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His Majesty along with other ASEAN Leaders proceeded to the Loy Henderson International Conference Room to attend the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit. During Plenary Session One, His Majesty in a titah expresses appreciation to the United States for its renewed commitment to climate change, as seen at the COP-26 in Scotland and congratulates President Biden's personal efforts to work with other major powers to implement the Paris Agreement. 

His Majesty in the titah adds that ASEAN is also placing greater emphasis on addressing climate change including through the establishment of an ASEAN Climate Change Centre, His Majesty also thanked the U.S. for its readiness to provide a Science Fellow to support the creation of the Centre in Brunei Darussalam. Looking ahead, His Majesty believes that there is more to be done in taking forward commitments in climate action, especially through capacity building. His Majesty affirms that Brunei Darussalam is prioritising efforts to ensure its economy remains resilient and sustainable through utilisation of low carbon technologies, as well as promoting initiatives aimed at lowering net carbon emission. His Majesty welcomes the U.S.' engagement in climate change initiatives in the region. Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

The Plenary Session One on Climate was chaired by Her Excellency Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States of America. In her welcoming remarks, the Vice President of the United States of America noted the impacts of the climate crisis on ASEAN and the U.S. and therefore called for both sides to raise collective ambition and meet infrastructure needs in a sustainable manner. The U.S. has launched initiatives on clean energy and climate smart infrastructure; partnerships on sustainable transportation and forest conservation; as well as satellite data sharing to respond to extreme weather. During the Plenary Session, Leaders also discussed on climate action; clean energy transformation; and sustainable infrastructure.

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During the Plenary Session Two of the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit, His Majesty a titah expresses pleasure to be attending the first in-person ASEAN Summit with a Dialogue Partner since the outbreak of COVID-19. His Majesty thanked His Excellency Joseph R. Biden Junior, President of the United States America for his support of Brunei Darussalam's Chairmanship of ASEAN last year and congratulated His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia as the Chairman of ASEAN this year. 

His Majesty in the titah also expressed his pleasure for the celebration of 45 years of ASEAN-U.S. dialogue relations as the U.S. has always been an important strategic partner of ASEAN by upholding peace, investing in its economies and supporting development. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN benefited from the U.S.' support through the provision of vaccines and medical equipment. His Majesty commends President Biden's personal leadership on this matter, including the hosting of the Second COVID-19 Summit. Looking towards the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-U.S. relations, His Majesty hopes for continued peace, stability and sustainable development for all the peoples in the Indo-Pacific. 

To realise this, it must be ensured that cooperation will bring greater benefit to as many people as possible, through a more strategic and comprehensive approach. Among others, this would require a substantial increase in the depth and scope of exchanges, training and capacity building for the peoples, including building up on initiatives such as the ASEAN Junior Fellowship Programme and the ASEAN- U.S. Internship Programme. His Majesty believes that such efforts will greatly contribute to enhancing trust and understanding between peoples, especially the youth, who are the foundation of ASEAN-U.S. relations in the future. 

His Majesty also encourages for new areas of common interest and work to be identified for mutual benefits, in which one area that is important to the peoples' livelihood is the management, safety and security of the maritime domain. ASEAN commenced work on the Blue Economy in 2021 to promote the sustainable use of our maritime resources. With the release of the U.S. Blue Economy Strategic Plan in 2021, His Majesty highlights that it is timely to expand cooperation into this area, as ASEAN and the U.S. can mutually benefit from each other's experiences. 

His Majesty noted that cooperation in the maritime domain, including the South China Sea, is in line with international law and the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. With one third of international shipping passing through the South China Sea, ensuring peace and security is of paramount importance globally. Therefore, the adherence by all parties to international law, including upholding the principles of the U.N. Charter is vital. His Majesty affirms that Brunei Darussalam will continue to foster a calm and peaceful environment, and encourage all countries, big and small, to prioritise dialogue and cooperation. 

His Majesty also welcomes the U.S.' announcement to enhance education and people-to-people engagements with ASEAN, as well as the US' proposal on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework which can promote growth and create opportunities. In concluding the titah, His Majesty welcomes the U.S.' renewed commitment to  ASEAN and expressed confidence that ASEAN-U.S. relations will advance towards a future that is peaceful, prosperous and full of opportunities under the U.S. President's able leadership. Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

The Plenary Session Two on Regional and Global Issues was chaired by His Excellency Joseph R. Biden Junior, President of United States of America. In his welcoming remarks, the President of United States of America expressed satisfaction that ASEAN and the U.S. are entering a new era of relations, with discussions covering a broad range of issues including the COVID-19 pandemic; clean energy future; sustainable infrastructure; access to education; and maritime cooperation. During the Plenary Session, Leaders also discussed on the future of ASEAN- U.S. relations and issues pertaining to the Indo-Pacific region. At the Special Summit, the ASEAN- U.S. Special Summit Joint Vision Statement was adopted.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, attended a Dinner hosted by His Excellency Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, in honour of the ASEAN Leaders and delegations attending the ASEAN-United States Special Summit. The Dinner was held at the White House, Washington D.C. Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. Prior to the Dinner, His Majesty joined other Leaders for a group photo session. 

This year, ASEAN and the U.S. are commemorating their 45th anniversary of Dialogue Relations. Leaders' discussions during the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit are expected to focus on efforts to advance relations and further enhance cooperation between ASEAN and the U.S. in the years to come.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has arrived in Washington D.C., United States of America to attend the ASEAN-United States Special Summit, which is held on 11th May and 12th May, at the Department of State. Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

Present at the Joint Base Andrews Airport, Washington D.C. to welcome the arrival of His Majesty was Ambassador Rufus Gifford, Chief of Protocol for the United States. Also present at the airport to greet His Majesty were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Serbini bin Haji Ali, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the United States of America. Prior to the Special Summit, His Majesty is also expected to attend a dinner with ASEAN Leaders, hosted by the President of the United States of America.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday afternoon was at the Royal Mausoleum for the Tahlil Ceremony for His Majesty's late parents and son, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien; Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit and Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers; 

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. 

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, Yang Di-Pertua of Adat Istiadat Negara and Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs. 

The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti , followed by the reading of Tahlil, doa tahlil and doa selamat.

His Majesty then poured the ayeng asah-asahan or scented water on the graves of the monarch's late parents and son.

His Royal highness the Crown Prince also poured scented water on the graves,
This was followed by His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik,
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel;
His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam,  has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency Yoon Suk-Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea following his victory in the Presidential Election in March 2022.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will attend the ASEAN-United States Special Summit, which will be held on 12th to 13th May 2022 in Washington D.C., United States of America. The Special Summit will be co-chaired by His Excellency Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, and His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, as Chairman of ASEAN. 

During the Special Summit, ASEAN-U.S. Leaders are expected to discuss on strengthening partnership between ASEAN and the U.S., as well as enhancing cooperation in various areas including COVID-19 response, education and people-to-people ties, as well as connectivity. They are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. The Special Summit will commemorate 45 years of ASEAN-U.S. relations, and look to deepen relations and further advance mutually beneficial cooperation, as well as welcome the U.S.' continued commitment to ASEAN Centrality. The Special Summit will also build on the successful outcomes of the 9th ASEAN-U.S. Summit convened during Brunei Darussalam's Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021. ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations commenced in 1977, and subsequently the relationship between ASEAN and the U.S. was elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2015.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of congratulations to His Excellency Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of his inauguration as the President of the French Republic.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam consented to receive in audience state dignitaries and diplomats from friendly nations as well as receive their junjung ziarah. The Hari Raya Aidilfitri audience and junjung ziarah ceremony took place yesterday morning at Istana Nurul Iman. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and daughters, brothers and sisters; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah; 

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; 

- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; 

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faezah; 

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azeemah Ni'matul Bolkiah; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna; 

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; as well as His Majesty's grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family. 

His Majesty's guests included Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Councils, Deputy Ministers, diplomats from friendly nations, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Government Officials and their wives. At the Day of Victory for Muslims, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri as well as other members of the Royal family consented to receive Hari Raya Aidilfitri greetings from the guests. 

The presence of diplomats from friendly nations manifested the involvement and status of Brunei Darussalam in the international arena. His Majesty's meeting with state dignitaries and ambassadors of friendly nations symbolises the close and cordial long-existing friendly relationships.

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The Hari Raya 'Idil Fitri takbir, tahmid and tasbih resounded throughout the country as a sign of gratitude to Allah Subahanahu Wata'ala for His grace to give the opportunity to Muslims in Brunei Darussalam to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The celebration began with Sunat Aidilfitri Prayer in mosques, suraus and religious halls. 

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joined the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam for the Sunat Aidilfitri Prayer at Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Kampung Kiarong, yesterdat morning. Upon arriving, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman Minister of Religious Affairs, as Chairman of the Major Islamic Events 1443 Hijrah Executive Committee; 

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohammad Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti and other Members of the Executive Committee. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons:
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- And His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik. 

The Sunat Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayer was led by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Mustafa bin Haji Murat. 

In the first Sunat Aidilfitri Prayer Sermon, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar touched on the need to adhere to and obey the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebration SOP guidelines set by the Ministry of Health in the midst of the joy of celebrating Hari Raya. 

Meanwhile, in the second sermon Yang Berhormat Pehin reminded the congregants to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri moderately and prudently so that no wastage will occur. 

The people and residents should expressed their gratitude to Allah for being able to perform the Sunat Aidilfitri Prayers in mosques, suraus and religious halls throughout the country while adhering to the stipulated guidelines.

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Al-Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi in Ramadhan as main guidance for Muslims through ages. Allah Subhanahuwa Ta'ala has promised rewards for those who read the holy book even for just one verse of Al-Quran daily. These were among the matters highlighted during a talk in conjunction with Nuzul Al-Quran Celebration and Presentation of Donations for Hari Raya Aidil Fitri for the Prime Minister's Office and Departments under it. The ceremony was held yesterday afternoon at Dewan Banquet, Prime Minister's Office. 

In attendance were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office AND Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy. The talk titled 'Al-Quran dan Perkhidmatan Awam dalam Era Industri Revolusi 4.0' also touched on rapid technological advancement that makes it easier for humans to manage life including reading the Quran. 

The ceremony continued with the mass reading of Selawat Tafrijiyyah to earn rewards and blessings from Allah Subahanahu Wata'ala with peace, prosperity and safety from catastrophes, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Also held was a presentation of donations to 37 staff under the Prime Minister's Office. It was organised by the Civil Service, Welfare, International and Media Division, Prime Minister's Office in collaboration with Management Services Department.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday afternoon attended the 'Selawat Senegara, Selawat Tafrijiyyah'. The national level event was one of religious S-O-P that must be observed with knowledge based on aqidah or faith. Organised by the Prime Minister's Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the State Mufti Department, the event was also one of the continuous efforts implemented towards practising the Divine Vaccine. The focal point of the ceremony was at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohammad Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, State Mufti as Co-Chairmen of the event's Steering Committee. Also greeting His Majesty's arrival was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, Yang Di-Pertua Adat Istiadat Negara. 

Also present were His Majesty's sons:
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- And His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

The Mass Fardhu Zohor prayer was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Awang Besar. Yang Berhormat Pehin also led the Mass Sunat Hajat Prayer. 

The Minister at the Prime Minister's Office in the welcoming address said the Selawat Senegara, Selawat Tafrijiyyah was organised to earn rewards and blessings from Allah Subahanahu Wata'ala in facing any disaster. By reciting and practising the Selawat Tafrijiyyah, Yang Berhormat said the country will always be blessed by Allah with peace, prosperity and safety from catastrophe, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The mass recitation of Selawat Tafrijiyyah was led by 10 officers comprising Qari, senior officers as well as teaching staff from various institutions and agencies. This includes officers and imam of Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque; Islamic Studies Department's officers; students of Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute, Mosque Takmir Committee and Youth, Muallaf Associations and Da'ie Youths. The reading of Special Doa was led by the State Mufti. 

The Selawat Senegara, Selawat Tafrijiyah that was held for the very first time proved that the country continues to practise the Divine Vaccine in facing any adversity including the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The culmination of the National Level Nuzul Al-Qur'an Celebration was the presentation of prizes to winners and participants of the Final of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Memorisation and its Understanding for 1443 Hijrah 2022. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the prizes to the winners. The ceremony took place at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. 

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as Chairman of the Major Islamic Events for 1443 Hijrah Executive Committee as well as other members of the Executive Committee. 

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers:
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
- And His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. 

The reading of Surah Al-Fatihah was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. 

The Minister of Religious Affairs in his welcoming address said that several continuous efforts have been made by His Majesty's Government in ensuring that generations of Muslims in the country continues to be close to Al-Qur'an. He added that in enhancing the studies of Al-Qur'an memorisation to the degree level, the country has sent students to Ma'had Qira'at Syubra in Egypt. As of the past five years, from 2017 to 2021, one government scholarship student through the Ministry of Religious Affairs has passed the Takhassus Al-Qur'an wal Qi'raat studies from the institution. Meanwhile, in Brunei Darussalam, the Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, UNISSA has awarded the Al-Qur'an Memorisation Special Degree during its Convocation Ceremony to 64 memorisers of the 30 Chapters of Al-Qur'an which were acknowledged by the National Tasmi'e Board.             

The winners of the five categories of the Final of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Memorisation and its Understanding recited their memorisations and its understanding. Category A, memorisation of one Juzuk or chapter, which was Chapter 30 and its understanding for participants aged 13 and below was won by Dayang Amal 'Aziyah binti Muhamad Saiful Ashren. 

Meanwhile, Awang Abdul Matin bin Zulnorein emerged champion of Category B, which was memorisation of selected Surah namely Surah Al-Jumu'ah, Surah Luqman, Surah As-Sajdah, Surah Ar-Rahmaan, Surah Al-Waaqi'ah, Surah Al-Mulk, Surah Al-Insaan, Surah Yaasin, and Surah Jin as well as the understanding of  Surah Al-Kahfi and Surah An-Nur for ages 14 and above. 

Category C, memorisation of Surah Al-Baqarah and Surah Ali-'Imraan as well as the understanding of Surah Al-An'am and Surah Al-A'raf which was open to all ages was won by Awang Ahmad Darwish bin Hamdan. 

For Category D, memorisation of 15 Chapters of Al-Qur'an as well as the understanding of Surah Al-Furqaan, Surah Ash-Syura and Surah An-Naml which was open to all ages was won by Dayang Dalili Bazilah binti Haji Jailani. 

Whereas Dayang Dalili Faiqah binti Nasaruddin emerged champion of Category E, memorisation of 30 Chapters of the Al-Quran as well as the understanding of Surah Adh-Dhariyat, Surah At-Tur, Surah An-Najm, Surah Al-Qamar, Surah Ar-Rahman, Surah Al-Waqi'ah and Surah Al-Hadid which was open to all age levels. 

His Majesty then presented prizes to the winners. Dayang Amal' Aziyah binti Muhamad Saiful Ashren, champion of Category A took home a one thousand five hundred dollar-cash prize, a Crystal Plaque, participation certificate and accompanying prize. Runner-up was Dayang Nur Sofiyyah Solehah binti Mohammad Fikri and third place went to Dayang Nur Hazierah Khalisah binti Haji Umardani. 

The champion of Category B, Awang Abdul Matin bin Zulnorein received a two thousand dollar-cash prize, a Crystal Plaque, participation certificate and accompanying prize. Meanwhile Awang Ahmad Muhammad @ Munir bin Ibrahim took second place and Awang Mohammad Firdaus bin Mohammad Salleh came in third. 

The Category C winner, Awang Ahmad Darwish bin Hamdan took home a two thousand eight hundred dollar-cash prize, a Crystal Plaque, participation certificate and accompanying prize. Second place went to Awang Muhamad Faiz Najwan bin Muhamad Saleh while Dayang Nur Izzy Aziah binti Ahmad was placed third. 

Winner of Category D, Dayang Dalili Bazilah binti Haji Jailani received a three thousand five hundred dollar-cash prize, a Crystal Plaque, participation certificate and accompanying prize. In second place was Awang Ahmad Hamizan @ Ahmad Aliridha bin Haji Laidin and third place went to Dk Nurfaiezah binti Pengiran Haji Kamaluddin. 

Category E's champion, Dayang Dalili Faiqah binti Nasaruddin received a five thousand dollar cash prize, a Crystal Plaque, participation certificate and accompanying prize. Runner up was Awang Mohamed Sahmie bin Mohamed Shalahudden and Ak Muhammad Abdul Qadir bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim came in third. Doa Selamat was read by the State Mufti. 

With the theme, "Bertemankan Al-Quran Sepanjang Zaman", or Accompanied by Al-Qur'an throughout the Ages, this year's celebration emphasised on life accompanied and resourced by Al-Qur'an will bring about change and excellence through its guidance.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in audience His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN. 

The Audience Ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. Also present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs.  

At the Audience Ceremony, His Majesty and His Excellency among other things, discussed on the progress of deliverables under Brunei Darussalam's Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah  ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi  Waddien Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif following his appointment as the 23rd Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


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The Prime Minister's Office and the Departments under it held a Tahlil Ceremony yesterday afternoon specifically for the late parents of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit and Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim. 

Among those present were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, left Dubai, United Arab Emirates after attending the World Government Summit 2022 and Expo 2020 Dubai. Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.

Prior to departure, Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. 

During His Majesty's working visit to Dubai, His Majesty delivered a Titah keynote speech at the World Government Summit 2022, attended a meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai and tour the Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Present at the airport to bid farewell to His Majesty were His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates; and His Excellency Awang Haji Harun bin Haji Junid, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the United Arab Emirates.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al- Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah acknowledges the achievements of the United Arab Emirates, UAE on its economic transformation, as well as congratulates the UAE on its success in organising the Expo 2020 Dubai. 

His Majesty made the titah at The World Government Summit 2022 at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi which took place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre. 

Accompanying His Majesty was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen. 

In the titah, His Majesty outlines the challenges such as political, economic and socio issues that have risen in recent years. This includes the impact of the unprecedented and disruptive nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, peoples and governments have had to quickly adapt and be responsive to such challenges. 

Touching on the importance on shaping future governments, His Majesty underlines that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lead to changes in the shape and role of governments, economies and infrastructure. In this regard, the UAE is leading the way on the future of governments through pioneering efforts in a number of areas such as renewable energy and emphasises on the role of the youth as the leaders of tomorrow, who will inherit and implement the nascent policies developed today. 

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Prior to the World Government Summit 2022, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam attended a Meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, which was held at the Majlis, Dubai Exhibition Centre. Upon arrival at the North Hall, Dubai Exhibition Centre, His Majesty was greeted by His Excellency Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. 

During the Meeting, His Majesty and His Highness discussed on enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, boosting the level of trade and facilitating cooperation between investors from Brunei Darussalam and the United Arab Emirates in the field of financial services. 

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His Majesty then toured the United Arab Emirates Pavilion, in which His Majesty received an introduction on the pavilion from the Pavilion Manager and toured the exhibitions. 

The host country pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai carries the theme 'Land of Dreamers Who Do'. 

The exhibition among others exhibits its nationals who embodied the spirit of the U.A.E. and carried forward the legacy forged by the U.A.E's original dreamer, His Highness Almarhum Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates. 

His Majesty then proceeded to the Opportunity District to visit the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion, which showcases the Brunei Vision 2035, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Royal Brunei and products by 22 Bruneian micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. At the Pavilion, His Majesty was briefed by Dayang Fadzilah binti Abdul Rahman, Pavilion Manager. 

Under the theme 'Brunei Darussalam 2035 – Bridging to the Future', the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai provides opportunities for businesses, institutions and local companies to promote and market their respective products and services on the international market.

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