Laos forges closer ties with East Timor

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Xanana Gusmao
Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of East Timor

Laos and East Timor pledged to draft a number of bilateral and multilateral frameworks during a state visit of East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao in Vientiane on September 11.

The visit was the first by an East Timor prime minister in Laos since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 2002. The two premiers discussed ways to broaden the friendly relations and cooperation.

Gusmao signed an agreement with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on cooperation in economics, trade and technology between Laos and East Timor meant to lay out a foundation conducive for future cooperation.

“Both sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and expressed their readiness to extend support and assistance to one another through bilateral and multilateral frameworks,” the Lao government said.

Thongsing said that Laos was “ready to share lessons learned” in relation to East Timor’s application for an ASEAN membership and will”continue to give its support” despite in fact Laos has long objected an ASEAN membership of East Timor because of worries about the likely diversion of international aid.

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Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of East Timor

Laos and East Timor pledged to draft a number of bilateral and multilateral frameworks during a state visit of East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao in Vientiane on September 11.

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Xanana Gusmao
Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of East Timor

Laos and East Timor pledged to draft a number of bilateral and multilateral frameworks during a state visit of East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao in Vientiane on September 11.

The visit was the first by an East Timor prime minister in Laos since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 2002. The two premiers discussed ways to broaden the friendly relations and cooperation.

Gusmao signed an agreement with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on cooperation in economics, trade and technology between Laos and East Timor meant to lay out a foundation conducive for future cooperation.

“Both sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and expressed their readiness to extend support and assistance to one another through bilateral and multilateral frameworks,” the Lao government said.

Thongsing said that Laos was “ready to share lessons learned” in relation to East Timor’s application for an ASEAN membership and will”continue to give its support” despite in fact Laos has long objected an ASEAN membership of East Timor because of worries about the likely diversion of international aid.

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