Indonesia Supports Timor Leste to Join ASEAN
Indonesia fully supports Democrat Republic of Timor-Leste in its bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said Chair of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (BKSAP DPR RI), Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, after accompanying the Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Bambang Soesatyo. She and other House Leaders received state visit of the Timor Leste President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo, at the House complex, Senayan, Central Jakarta, on 29 June 2018.
“Indonesia will always support Timor Leste candidacy in ASEAN, while at the legislative level we also hope that Parliament of Timor Leste to be more active in the inter-parliamentary forums such as AIPA and IPU,” Assegaf, who is also the President of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), said.
The Democrat Party politician added that Indonesia would always be open to Timor Leste, with a joint commitment to mutually support both at executive and legislative levels. Indonesia also hopes to work with Timor Leste to establish more cordial parliamentary relations.
The support, she said, had been realized by inviting Parliament of Timor Leste to attend the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development, initiated by the House, in Bali on 12-13 September 2018.
For his part, President Guterres congratulated Indonesia on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 period, saying he always wanted to work hand in hand with Indonesia, its closest neighbor. He also hoped that Parliament of Timor Lestecould exchange views with Indonesian parliament.
On some pending matters in relation to cooperation, President Guterres voiced his optimism that Indonesia and Timor Leste would work together to find proper solutions. According to him, as neighboring countries both certainly understood their mutual needs. (ann/sf-mut)