Japan committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s training of human resources

Japan committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s training of human resources

DILI, 18 december 2023 (TATOLI) – The Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, welcomed the participation of Timor-Leste, represented by his Timorese counterpart, Xanana Gusmão, at the 50th ASEAN-JAPAN Summit held in the capital of that country.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, to which Tatoli has had access, the Japanese Chief Executive said that Timor-Leste’s participation in the Summit was aimed at strengthening friendly relations and reiterated his commitment to training Timorese human resources to prepare the country to become a full member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“We appreciate Timor-Leste’s participation in the summit, aimed at strengthening the vision and sincere relations between Japan and ASEAN, to be able to formulate a joint declaration with a perspective for the future, plans for implementation, and concrete cooperation in various fields,” said Fumio Kishida.

In the document, the Japanese Prime Minister stressed that Japan is a strategic partner for the development of ASEAN and that it will continue to help Timor-Leste in different areas since, in recent years, the country has expressed its willingness to join the regional organization.

Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão thanked the Japanese government for its support in building the state and developing infrastructure and for its commitment to helping Timor-Leste become a member of ASEAN, which is scheduled for 2025.

“This summit is an opportunity to share ideas, learn, and get to know your commitment to supporting Timor-Leste in implementing the roadmap to full membership in ASEAN,” he said.

Xanana Gusmão took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the Japanese government, which, in 2000, through its cooperation agency, JICA, helped Timor-Leste in the country’s development process.

The meeting was attended by the Vice Prime Minister, Francisco Kalbuadi, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Milena Rangel, and Timor-Leste’s ambassador to Japan, Ilídio Ximenes.

Journalist: José Belarmino de Sá

Editor: Rafael Ximenes de A. Belo


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