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Ramos-Horta Admire ASEAN in Promoting Regional Peace and Stability

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President Ramos Horta, Prime-Minister Xanana Gusmão, Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Bendito Freitas holding hands in a photo session with the ambassadors of ASEAN member countries in Timor-Leste. Photo: VIP TV/Pedro Correia
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Dili, – The President of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta who is also known as a world leader, admires the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting regional peace and stability.

The number one person of Timor-Leste emphasized this while attending ASEAN Day which was held at the Philippine Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste, Friday (11/8/2023).

“ASEAN has a very extraordinary experience, bringing together 10 different countries with a spirit of cooperation and solidarity,” said the President of Timor-Leste.

At the 56th ASEAN Day which was also attended by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, the presence of these two Timor-Leste leaders showed that Timor-Leste was very serious about becoming part of the 11th ASEAN member state.

“We will join, ASEAN is wise and has a lot of experience, and is humble. We are aware that we are new to this organization and we need to learn a lot,” said President Horta.

As a world leader, President Horta stated that Timor-Leste has a big commitment to support member countries and prepare itself in all aspects to become a member of ASEAN in 2025.

“Timor-Leste will support ASEAN member countries when expressing political stances or programs at the United Nations,” he said.

The same thing was conveyed, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão as the government executive, himself supports Timor-Leste’s membership in ASEAN.

“We (Timor-Leste) are ready to enter ASEAN,” said PM Xanana.

ASEAN was founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. This organization was first established by 5 countries namely Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Then on January 7, 1984, Brunei Darussalam joined as a new member, followed by Vietnam  (July 28, 1995), Laos and Myanmar (July 23, 1997), Cambodia (April 30, 1999).

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