ASEAN chair “optimistic” about Timor-Leste’s accession in 2023


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who currently chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is “optimistic” that Timor-Leste’s accession will be completed “no later than next year”.

During the recent opening ceremony of ASEAN Foreign Ministers summit, in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen added that “Timor-Leste’s accession process is progressing well”, according to the local press.

On Tuesday, the cambodian press had advanced that Hun Sen had also sent a letter to the Timorese prime minister, Taur Matan Ruak, expressing his “unwavering support” for Timor-Leste’s accession.

Timor-Leste aiming to join ASEAN next year

Timor-Leste is currently an observer member of ASEAN, having applied to join the regional body in 2011.

The last ASEAN preliminary assessment mission to Timor-Leste was in July, focusing on economic issues.

José Ramos-Horta recently visited Indonesia, where he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who takes over the presidency of ASEAN in November.

China supports Timor-Leste´s ‘early entry’ to ASEAN

On May 25, the Timorese Government authorized the parliament to draft a law on corporate recovery and insolvency, answering the “requirements of integration into ASEAN and the World Trade Organization.


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