Sultan Brunei: Brunei Do Not Condone Terrorism

His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei with Leaders from Asia and Europe at the 10th Asia-Europe Summit in Milan.


RACHEL THIEN

MILAN, Friday, October 17, 2014 - HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah before fellow leaders from Asia and Europe made it clear that the Sultanate does not stand for terrorism, and called on regional and international partners to work in combatting its roots.

During the Second Plenary Session at the 10th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) Meeting here in Milan, the monarch said increasing violence and brutality perpetrated by terrorist groups has sparked deep concern among ASEM member states.

The Sultan stressed that Brunei strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms, and totally rejects extremism and radicalism.

His Majesty said Brunei supports the recent UN Security Council Resolutions (2170) and (2178) to suppress the activities of terrorist groups.

Brunei, like other ASEM member countries, believes that the root causes of terrorism and extremism should be addressed in a comprehensive manner, the ruler added.

The monarch welcomed Malaysia’s proposal to host a symposium on countering radicalisation, which he said will help to highlight the many different facets in dealing with counter-terrorism.

His Majesty said he hoped to see more information-sharing and capacity-building between enforcement agencies, both regionally and internationally to address the issue.

The Sultan also encouraged inter-faith dialogues to be held to promote tolerance and understanding, and to counter the views and activities of extremists.

During the second plenary session leaders discussed the “Europe-Asia Partnership in addressing global matters in an inter-connected world’’.

His Majesty also spoke on the importance of people-to-people ties, and said fostering these relationships is an important element in enhancing ASEM’s relevance to its society.

Programme exchanges like the EU’s Horizon 2020 offer many practical opportunities in capacity building and technology transfer that are valuable to students, think-tanks and researchers in Asia, said His Majesty.

His Majesty said he believed these interactions will allow students the opportunity to contribute to discussions on inter-regional and global challenges they face.

The Sultan also welcomed ASEM students to Brunei next May to participate in a workshop aimed at promoting entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, His Majesty said ASEM’s contribution would be valuable in garnering support on specific issues towards the United Nation’s post-2015 Development Agenda and in contemplating a new climate agreement next year.

This is where a partnership within ASEM was appreciated, in terms of promoting low-carbon technology transfer to developing countries by making it affordable and accessible to all, His Majesty said.

His Majesty said he hoped that ASEM will continue to draw strength from its diversity, and focus on the synergies and common interests that will help bring ASEM’s work in the next decade to a higher level.

Accompanying the monarch were Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Abd Rahman Hj Ibrahim and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng.

The Sultan last night attend a dinner reception hosted by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy in conjunction with the 10th Asia-Europe Summit Meeting.

The dinner reception was held at the Palazzo Reale, Italy.

The Brunei Times

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