Thank you. I am glad to see Your Majesty again after our meeting in Singapore last November. I am grateful to you for inviting me for this state visit and offering warm hospitality.
I am very pleased to be able to make Brunei my first destination on overseas trips this year. Over the past 35 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, our two countries have advanced friendship and cooperation in a wide range of areas, including infrastructure, energy and people-to-people exchanges. Notably, I am gratified that Korean businesses have contributed to the construction of the completed RIPAS Bridge and ongoing Temburong Bridge, symbols of Brunei’s national power and development.
Brunei is an important cooperation partner for the New Southern Policy, which my Administration is pursuing as a key priority. I am grateful to Brunei for leading progress in Korea-ASEAN relations while working as the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Korea Dialogue Relations and particularly to Your Majesty for having actively expressed your wish for the success of the ASEAN- Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit to mark this year’s 30th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-Korea Dialogue Relations. I hope Your Majesty will continue to share your wisdom to promote peace and prosperity going forward.
I would like to pay tribute to Your Majesty for actively pursuing the Vision 2035 strategy and achieving national progress while making efforts to improve the people's rights and interests as well as welfare by communicating with them in an unassuming manner.
I am looking forward to expanding bilateral cooperation into new future technologies and industries and achieving mutual prosperity by harmoniously pursuing Brunei’s Vision 2035 strategy and Korea’s New Southern Policy, which is designed to create a people-centered community of peace and prosperity.
I hope that my state visit this time will serve as an opportunity to develop and raise our bilateral relations a notch higher. I also look forward to meeting with Your Majesty again at the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in November. The Korean people would be even more delighted were they to see Your Majesty personally fly your own jumbo jet to Korea.