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[ASEANWatch] Timor Leste remains hopeful to gain Asean membership

[ASEANWatch] Timor Leste remains hopeful to gain Asean membership

By Sally Piri The Brunei Times/Asia News Network Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 MUARA, Brunei - With the 19th Asean Summit in Bali looming next week, Timor Leste has reiterated its desire for joining the bloc and expressed hope that during Indonesia's chairmanship, the 10 member states would reach a concrete decision. Dili lodged its application for a full membership early this year. This was said by the country's envoy Roberto Sarmento de Oliveira Soares (right) on Wednesday. During his four-day visit to the Sultanate to meet with the senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) November 7-10, the Non-Resident Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam said that his country remain consistent with its determination to be part of the grouping sooner. "It is our hope that during the Indonesia chairmanship there will be a concrete decision from Asean countries," Soares ...

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