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Pakistan envoy sees boost in ties with Brunei
Publication Date : 17-04-2012
Pakistan's High Commissioner Designate to Brunei yesterday said their Head of State's visit to the Sultanate is overdue, and is looking forward to the visit materialising next year prior to or after the Asean Summit here.
His Excellency Major General (Rtd) Muhammad Ijaz Hussein Awan, who arrived here just 11 days ago, told The Brunei Times his endeavour among others is to facilitate the head of state or prime minister's visit to Brunei.
He said due to changes in their government, and calamities faced by Pakistan over the recent years, his president and prime minister were not able to visit Brunei.
"They (president and prime minister) are looking forward to coming to Brunei some time next year. Hopefully next year, during the Asean Summit here, we are looking to participate, although we are not a full dialogue member of Asean, we are looking forward to some form of high-level visit," he said.
His Excellency said that as the head of the diplomatic mission here, he will be promoting friendly relations to further cement ties between Brunei and Pakistan.
"These relations date back to 1984, with our visit from our head of state at the time. Since then, we have come a long way in having very good relations inter-state, and even people to people relations," he said, adding that both nations have things in common, such as being Asians and Muslim states.
The high commissioner designate said Pakistan is indebted to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for assisting them in times of need over the years.
He reflected on an earthquake several years ago, which claimed the lives of 70,000 people.
"At the time, there was a very generous goodwill gesture from His Majesty. We are indeed grateful to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, because there have been a number of occasions where His Majesty's help for the people of Pakistan was very meaningful," he said.
In another unfortunate incident, this time of floods a few years ago, two significant things happened where help was given from the Brunei Government and a "Walk a Cause" campaign was organised, where 4,000 people participated.
He said that it was a real goodwill gesture by Bruneians and residents, indicating the very friendly and heart-to-heart relations felt between the people of both countries.
"So we are really grateful to the people of Brunei and His Majesty, who have been a great help," he said.