Discussing Preparations for Timor-Leste Membership to ASEAN, Ha Noi, 22 July 2010

The Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste, Zacarias da Costa, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, met this morning to discuss Timor-Lesteโ€™s ongoing preparations to join ASEAN.

During the bilateral meeting held at the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Ha Noi, Dr Surin emphasised the ASEAN Secretariatโ€™s support to assist Timor-Leste in its preparations for ASEAN membership. โ€œWe are also happy to assist Timor-Lesteโ€™s participation in relevant functional cooperation activities of ASEAN,โ€ he said.

The Secretary-General also welcomed the accreditation of Mr Manuel Serrano as Timor-Lesteโ€™s Ambassador to ASEAN. Ambassador Serrano is also Timor-Lesteโ€™s Ambassador to Indonesia. The accreditation is currently awaiting approval from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers together with several others.

Timor-Leste, which is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum, is preparing to host the ARF Experts and Eminent Persons (EEPs) meeting in the capital Dili in December 2010.

Source: ASEAN Website

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