Joint Statement Between The Leaders Of Brunei Darussalam And Malaysia
At the invitation of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam,Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia made a working visit to Bandar Seri Begawan on 13 December 2010.
2. Both Leaders held a four eyed meeting at Istana Nurul Iman and discussed overall bilateral relations. They recalled the outcome of the 14th Annual Leaders Consultations held in Putrajaya on 21 September 2010 and reviewed the progress of the implementation of the Exchange of Letters signed between the Leaders of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia on 16 March 2009 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
3. They reaffirmed their commitment to elevate the existing bilateral relations to a new stage of enhanced partnership and expressed their mutual desire for the continued and expeditious implementation of the elements agreed in the Exchange of Letters.
4. Both Leaders recalled the signing of the Deed of Amendment of the Brunei deep water block Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between Brunei National Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (PetroleumBRUNEI) and its contractors for Block CA1 of the Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) on 21 September 2010 in Putrajaya. Both Leaders noted that the contractors of the block had commenced their work.
5. On the occasion of the visit, both Leaders welcomed the signing of the Brunei deepwater block Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) for Block CA2 of the Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) between PetroleumBRUNEI and its contractors at Istana Nurul Iman on 13 December 2010. Both Leaders viewed the occasion as a significant milestone in enhancing cooperation between the petroleum authorities of the two countries in this area. They underscored the importance of the signing of the PSAs for Blocks CA1 and CA2 of the Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) in carrying out the commercial arrangement aspect of the Exchange of Letters and expressed satisfaction with the progress made thus far.
6. Both Leaders reiterated their view that there remains good potential for future cooperation in both countries, especially beyond Blocks CA1 and CA2, and in the States of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as possible joint venture in a third country, in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas, and the development of downstream industries.
7. Recalling the 14th Annual Leaders Consultations on 21 September 2010, both Leaders urged the Joint Malaysia – Brunei Darussalam Land Boundary Technical Committee to finalize and conclude the Terms of Reference and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Joint Demarcation and Survey of the Land Boundary by the end of 2010 to enable joint demarcation and survey activities to commence by the first half of 2011.
8. Both Leaders took note of the progress in the discussion on the implementation of other elements of the Exchange of Letters, including unsuspendable maritime access. In this connection, both Leaders instructed relevant officials to continue following-up on the implementation of the Exchange of Letters.
9. Both Leaders looked forward to the development of a strategic relationship between the two countries in all fields, especially trade and investment, energy and hydrocarbon resources, tourism, education, agriculture, infrastructure, banking, halal industry and people-to-people contacts with special focus on the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.
10. Both Leaders also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern. Both Leaders expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the 17th ASEAN Summit and related Summits in Hanoi, the 2nd ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting in New York, the 8th ASEM Summit in Brussels, and 18th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Yokohama. They looked forward to working closely with colleagues in carrying out the respective visions and commitments of the various regional processes.
11. Both Leaders also expressed their concerns and sympathy on the impact of natural disasters affecting countries and peoples around the region, in particular to the government and people of Indonesia as a result of a tsunami affecting Mentawai Island, West Sumatra on 25 October 2010 and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Central Java on 26 October 2010. Both Leaders discussed ways and means of providing assistance to the victims in Indonesia. They agreed on the need to further enhance regional and international efforts in disaster relief.
12. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia conveyed their personal seasons’ greetings and best wishes to the peoples of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia for a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.