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Jakarta Post

Timor Leste wants to contribute, ‘not be burden’ to ASEAN

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Auckland   /   Tue, July 16 2019   /  12:41 am

Timor Leste wants to contribute to ASEAN and not be a burden to it, one of the country’s high-ranking officials said recently, as Southeast Asia’s smallest economy waits for the regional grouping to determine next year whether to offer the country full-fledged membership.Timor Leste Secretary of State for Cooperatives Arsenio Pereira da Silva said on Saturday that his government was highly committed to joining the Southeast Asian trade bloc and that Dili would ensure its admission would not put a damper on one of the world’s fastest-growing regions.“When our heroes were still fighting in the jungle [for independence], they envisioned that we were going to be part of ASEAN as well as other regional organizations,” he told The Jakarta Post at the Pacific Exposition event in Auckland, New Zealand.“We have made preparations for [admission] a long time, but [...] this will depend ...