On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my most heartfelt congratulations to the people of Brunei Darussalam as you celebrate your 30th National Day on February 23.
Our formal diplomatic relations began in 1984, but the friendship between our two countries goes back more than 160 years. The depth and value of this relationship was plain for me to see during my two visits to your wonderful "Abode of Peace" last year. Our excellent cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral settings is vital to the prosperity and stability of the region. Brunei's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during 2013 was commendable in every way.
From English language training to energy cooperation, our robust relationship is a force for good in the region. I wish all the people of Brunei the very best on this special anniversary and look forward to many more years of working closely together.