Philippine President Gloria Arroyo welcomes HM Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan of Brunei on January 30, 2009 at the Malacañang Park in Manila. (Photo by Julius Reyes)
MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 30, 2009) – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam arrived in the Philippines for a three-day state visit.
President Gloria Arroyo welcomed Bolkiah and government media said the visit further deepen the friendly relations between the two countries.
In a joint press statement issued after their bilateral meeting Friday in Malacanang, the two leaders cited the potentials for stronger trade and investments relations between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam and the role of the private sector in enhancing the economic cooperation between the two countries.
Bolkiah’s visit coincided with the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam.The Philippines and Brunei are both members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Brunei hosts 22,000 Filipino workers.