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JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM AND THE LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY THONGLOUN SISOULITH PRIME MINISTER OF THE LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC TO BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Bandar Seri Begawan, 16 -17 February 2019


1. At the invitation of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic paid an official visit to Brunei Darussalam on 16 to 17 February 2019.

2. The Meeting between the two Leaders took place at Istana Nurul Iman, in which they acknowledged the existing close and friendly ties enjoyed by Brunei Darussalam and the Lao PDR. The Leaders reiterated their commitment to further enhance the two countries’ friendship for their mutual benefit and acknowledged that continuous efforts are ongoing to strengthen and diversify existing cooperation.

3. His Majesty warmly welcomed the timely visit of His Excellency Thongloun Sisoulith as part of the commemorative activities on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and the Lao PDR which marked an important milestone in the close bilateral relations between the two countries. 

4. The Leaders agreed to encourage frequent high-level exchanges and will make good use of bilateral mechanisms to coordinate and enhance bilateral cooperation in various areas. In this regard, both Leaders welcomed the convening of the 2nd Brunei Darussalam – Lao PDR Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation which was held in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR on 6 June 2018 and look forward to the 3rd meeting in Brunei Darussalam in the near future.

5. The Leaders welcomed the efforts to enhance bilateral trade and encourage their business people to actively engage for business opportunities. In this regard, they welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in information sharing between the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as an initiative to facilitate information sharing and explore potential collaborations between business communities of the two countries. The two countries looked forward to exploring collaboration in the areas of agriculture, energy, petroleum, tourism and industries.

6. The Leaders also agreed to strengthen cooperation in sports and education and welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Education which will serve to encourage academic exchanges and promote collaboration in areas of mutual interest.
  
7. His Excellency Thongloun Sisoulith expressed his sincere gratitude to the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the continued support and assistance in their human resource capacity building and infrastructure development as well as  humanitarian assistance including the financial assistance rendered  following the recent extensive flooding in the Southern Part of Laos.

8. The Leaders exchanged views and agreed to enhance cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern. Both leaders acknowledged the importance of upholding ASEAN centrality towards safeguarding and securing ASEAN’s interests particularly the peace, stability and prosperity of the region.

9. His Excellency Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR expressed his deepest gratitude to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as well as the Government and people of Brunei Darussalam for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to His Excellency and his delegation throughout the visit. His Excellency Thongloun Sisoulith conveyed an invitation from His Excellency Bounnhang Vorachith, President of the Lao PDR to His Majesty the Sultan to visit the Lao PDR at a mutually convenient date.



Bandar Seri Begawan, 16 February 2019



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