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President Horta expresses appreciation for Indonesian support for TL’s development

President Horta expresses appreciation for Indonesian support for TL’s development

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DILI, 20 july 2022 (TATOLI) – The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta expressed his appreciation for Indonesian support to Timor-Leste national development over the past 20 years.

“We are very grateful for Indonesian support in many years of Timor-Leste’s development, including in the field of education and human resources,” said Horta in a press statement during his state visit to the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, tuesday.

“We would like to see an increase in trade and economic relationship and I am very grateful that President Joko Widodo agrees to look at how to strengthen Timor-Leste’s water resources.”

Horta also expressed his deep appreciation for Indonesian support for Timor-Leste’s bid for ASEAN membership.

“I am very grateful that Indonesia remained very committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s bid for ASEAN membership. We have fulfilled many of the requirements that are necessary for the functioning of the economy and democracy. So, Timor-Leste will be a productive member of the ASEAN, and therefore, we hope to join ASEAN during the Indonesian presidency,” said Horta.

At the same place, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, also highlighted the need to accelerate the bilateral investment treaty, saying that Indonesian state and private companies are willing to support the development of Timor-Leste, particularly in the infrastructure sector.

On the other hand, Widodo also emphasized the importance of accelerating the land connectivity through bus operations between Kupang and Dili and opening the maritime connectivity between Dili, Kupang, and Darwin.

On the borders, Joko Widodo also spoke about the need to accelerate negotiations in the Noel Besi Citrana and Bidjael Sunan-Oben areas.

Widodo said the two countries have agreed on strengthening border development.

Widodo hoped that the Cross Border Post in Nipan would be resumed this year, thus enabling the creation of the Joint Border Commission.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges

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