Timor-Leste and Singapore discuss diplomatic relations and economic cooperation

Timor-Leste and Singapore discuss diplomatic relations and economic cooperation

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DILI, 01 june 2024 (TATOLI) – The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Bendito Freitas, accompanied by Timor-Leste’s Ambassador to Singapore, Alex Tilman, met with the Singaporean Prime Minister, Lawrence Wong, and his counterpart, Vivian Balakrishnan, to strengthen diplomatic relations, as well as to discuss cooperation in the area of the economy.

Bendito Freitas said in a press release that Singaporean Prime Minister Lawrence Wong advised the Timorese Government to expand investment in the manufacturing industry, as this can provide employment opportunities for the Timorese.

Wong encouraged the Timorese government to make more efforts to promote investment in various areas in order to attract foreign investors.

Singaporean Foreign Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan said that Timor-Leste is a remarkable country: “They overcame centuries of colonialism and annexation. They fought valiantly and were determined to be independent, which they ultimately achieved more than 20 years ago. Singapore was one of the first countries to contribute peacekeeping troops to support the difficult transition.”

Over the decades, Singaporean NGOs and businesses have established close ties with the people of Timor-Leste.

In April 2024, Singapore formally established an embassy in Dili, marking a major milestone.

According to Balakrishnan Singapore has hosted almost 900 Timorese officials over the years under the Singapore Cooperation Program: “We hope to do more to exchange knowledge and best practices in education, digitalization and urban development.”

“FM Freitas and I also signed an agreement for a mutual visa waiver between our countries. This will facilitate tourism and stronger people-to-people ties. We wish our future ASEAN partner all the very best!” Balakrishnan concluded.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins 


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