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TL to have discussion on its accession to ASEAN in Cambodia

TL to have discussion on its accession to ASEAN in Cambodia

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MENK), Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno

DILI, 25 january 2022 (TATOLI) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno, has left for Cambodia, today, to have a discussion on Timor-Leste’s accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Before her departure, Magno had a meeting with Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak.

“I am traveling to Cambodia today to meet with my counterpart and the current Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia. The aim of this meeting is to discuss the future of Timor-Leste’s ASEAN membership,” she said.

Magno said during his visit, she will have an official meeting with the Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sem, to discuss further requirements Timor-Leste will need to fulfill to join ASEAN.

Asking about the message of the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, to his counterpart Hun Sem, Magno replied that she could not provide detailed information “before the message is delivered to the Cambodian Prime Minister.

Director-General of ASEAN Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEK), Milena Rangel, had previously said that Timor-Leste’s accession to ASEAN would be discussed in Cambodia.

“We are in contact with the technical team and the Timor-Leste Embassy in Cambodia regarding Timor-Leste’s preparation to participate in the ceremony of the rotating presidency of ASEAN, which will take place later this year, so that, we can present our program with a view to joining the community,” Rangel told TATOLI, in Dili.

She said Timor-Leste’s accession to the regional organization depends on the agenda of discussion of the ASEAN leaders.

Since september 2019, three meetings between each of the pillars of ASEAN and the Government of Timor-Leste have been successfully held. The first meeting aimed to prepare the mission’s visit with regard to issues related to political security; the second meeting was held virtually to discuss the socio-cultural pillar and the third meeting was also held virtually on economic affairs.

Timor-Leste’s dream of becoming a member of ASEAN began in 1975 when the country proclaimed its independence, but it has not yet been achieved.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

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Journalist: Afonso do Rosário

Editor: Maria Auxiliadora

Translation: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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