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His Majesty lauds Brunei-Cambodia ties
2007-04-08

 


His Majesty delivering a titah at the State Banquet.

The Cambodian king giving a speech at the royal banquet.

His Majesty in Kampol. - Photos: INFOFOTO

His Majesty arriving in Siem Reap.
His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah lauding Brunei-Cambodia ties, said that he came to Cambodia bringing with him the respect, friendship and lasting goodwill of the people of Brunei Darussalam.

Thanking His Majesty King Sihamoni for the invitation to visit the kingdom of Cambodia, the Sultan expressed his admiration of the King, who since taking over his royal father's mantle, had not only maintained Cambodia's proud and ancient heritage but also had brought remarkable experience and knowledge to the Kingship, RTB reported last night.

This His Majesty said had further added to the sensitivity and humility of the Cambodian people. All these attributes His Majesty added, brought honour not only to the Kingdom of Cambodia but also to the region.

His Majesty made these observations at a State Banquet hosted by the King Of Cambodia in honour of His Majesty's visit. It was held at the Royal Palace Preah Reach Damnak Serei Mongkol.

In the titah, His Majesty also touched on how Cambodia's economy and social achievement had been listed in many international publications and that many new developments were taking place in Cambodia. The Cambodian people, His Majesty said, deserved to be proud of this.

In terms of bilateral relations, His Majesty assured that Brunei Darussalam would continue working with Cambodia as a firm friend and partner.

His Majesty's was greeted on arrival by the Cambodian King, His Majesty King Norodum Sihamoni. The state banquet was attended by several Cabinet ministers and senior government officals from both countries.

His Majesty King Sihamoni in his speech welcomed His Majesty and delegation. The visit he said was a positive effort of the two countries to venture into greater cooperation in the future.

Yesterday morning, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to visit the Special Forces Airborne 911 of the Cambodian Royal Armed Forces in Kambol, Phnom Penh.

On arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, General Tea Banh. Also there were the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, the Commander of the Cambodian Armed Forces, the Commander of the Special Forces Airborne 911 and other senior army personnel.

After inspecting a guard of honour mounted by 500 commandos, His Majesty proceeded to the Royal dais. National anthems of both countries were then played.

His Majesty was later briefed by the Commander of the Special Forces Airborne 911, Major General Chap Pheakdey on the history of its formation.

His Majesty then witnessed several demonstrations including 'Sniper' skills by the Forces' sharp shooters.

Another interesting demonstration was a martial arts performance by highly trained commandos. This training is a must for every members of the Special Forces.

His Majesty also consented to witness a demonstration on anti terror rescue mission.

Twelve parachutists carrying flags of both countries wrapped up the military demonstration.

At the end of the visit, His Majesty once again inspected a guard of honour mounted by 500 commandos. Since its formation, members of the Special Forces Airborne 911 have undergone trainings in the United States, Australia and Indonesia. It is hoped that His Majesty's visit would further enhance relations between the armed forces of both countries.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam wrapped up the state visit to Phnom Penh shortly before noon yesterday local time and visited Siem Reap, another popular province in Cambodia.

Before His Majesty left the hotel, doa selamat was read by the State Mufti, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

Though His Majesty was in Phnom Penh for a short period, the visit could become a starting point towards forming closer relations between the two countries.

Present at the Phnom Penh International Airport to bid farewell to His Majesty was Cambodian state dignitaries. They were led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace, Samdech Chaufea Kong Som OI, as minister in attendance. Cambodia, like Brunei Darussalam will strive to develop using the available resources. There are still more field of cooperations that could be carried out by both countries to further enhance the existing relations.

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