Officials from both sides will undertake consultations on the draft SOPs of the proposed RGL
by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA
MALAYSIA and Brunei have agreed in principle to establish a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), with effective Covid-19 prevention and control measures to facilitate essential business and official travels between both countries.
In a joint statement issued in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Leaders’ Consultation yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said officials from both sides will undertake consultations on the draft standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the proposed RGL.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining the movement of peoples during the Covid-19 pandemic by ensuring their safe cross-border movement, with the necessary safeguards in place so that public health concerns are addressed.
Additionally, both leaders also looked at the possible vaccine diplomacy between Malaysia and Brunei, in addressing the current common challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
They noted that the cooperation would be centred upon reciprocal vaccination arrangement for both nationals covering diplomats, students and expatriates.
This includes ensuring access to vaccine supplies for both nations and reciprocal mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between Malaysia and Brunei as they would facilitate cross-border movement of the people.
“The leaders recognised the profound impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon the economy and social fabric of each other’s countries.
“In this regard, they reiterated their commitment to work closely together in addressing the common challenges, and underscored the importance of revitalising and protecting the socio-economic stability of both countries and peoples,” the statement read.
On bilateral front, both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further nurture this special relationship by broadening and strengthening collaboration in an array of mutually beneficial areas.
They expressed their appreciation for the collaboration between the two governments, particularly in managing the repatriation of their respective citizens stranded in each other’s country and other countries during the pandemic.
“This is a testament to the close and enduring ties between the two countries and their peoples,” they said.
They highlighted the issue of disruption of flight operations since March 2020 and looked forward to the resumption of air travel when the situation permits.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin and Sultan Hassanal also welcomed the formalisation of the unitisation agreement (UA) between the Brunei National Unitisation Secretariat and Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), which will be a landmark agreement and signifies the strong cooperation between the two sides.
The UA is expected to provide a positive momentum to the oil and gas cooperation between both countries.
Petronas president and CEO Tengku Muhammad Taufik Aziz said the signing is a testament to the synergy between the national oil company and Brunei’s Ministry of Energy, which embodies yet another step towards “strengthening our long-standing relationship for greater shared success”.
“Having now formalised this landmark agreement, Petronas believes that both parties can look forward to continuing the strong momentum towards developing our nations’ energy sectors for the long-term growth and prosperity of both Brunei and Malaysia,” Tengku Muhammad Taufik said in a separate statement yesterday.
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