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Indonesia Pushes for Timor Leste’s ASEAN Membership

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As the chair of ASEAN this year, Indonesia is preparing a road map to support the full membership of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste in the regional association.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) made the announcement in a joint statement issued with Timor Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java province, early this week.

“In principle, Timor Leste has been accepted as a member of ASEAN. A road map for full membership is being readied, led by Indonesia as the current chair of ASEAN,” Widodo says.

He said that he was pleased with the acceptance of Timor Leste as a member of ASEAN, in accordance with the results of the ASEAN Summit 2022 in Cambodia.

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said she believes that Timor Leste’s ASEAN membership could contribute to improving the stability and prosperity of the region.

Foreign Affairs Minister of Timor Leste, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, joined the 32nd ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) meeting in Jakarta on 3 February as an observer.

Read the full article HERE.

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