THE country made a debut at a meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations held in Jakarta, marking a move closer towards its full membership in Asean.
Friday’s agenda was the meeting session of the Asean Coordinating Council, a part of the three-day Asean Foreign Ministers Retreat at the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta from Feb 2 until yesterday.
Timor-Leste was represented by its Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Adaljiza Magno.The Timor-Leste delegation was present for the first time at an Asean foreign ministerial meeting since the bloc agreed in principle to admit Timor-Leste as its 11th member in November 2022.
“It is an honour and privilege for me to take part.
“We want to take this very opportune moment to thank all Asean member countries for their wise decision to accept us,” Magno said at the forum.
Asean groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. — Xinhua