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Timor Leste to open embassy here

By MAIKELI SERU Fiji’s diplomatic friendship abroad continues to grow. This time Timor Leste or East Timor, a country on the border of Asia and the Pacific, has announced it
20 Jan 2013 07:48

By MAIKELI SERU

Fiji’s diplomatic friendship abroad continues to grow.
This time Timor Leste or East Timor, a country on the border of Asia and the Pacific, has announced it would soon open an embassy in Fiji.
This was revealed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, yesterday.
He is in Dili, the capital and the largest city in the country. It also has their main port and commercial centre.
Ratu Inoke, on Friday, visited Timor Leste’s Minister of State for Presidential Council Ministers, Agio Pereira.
In the meeting Mr Pereira told Ratu Inoke that Timor Leste had planned to open their embassy here.
“H.E Pereira further informed that the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste is looking forward to further deepening its diplomatic and international relations with Fiji. He alluded to sector specific agreement in areas like tourism,” Ratu Inoke said. He said both countries would benefit from the establishment of the embassy here. Ratu Inoke said he encouraged Mr Pereira that Timor Leste considered signing the Development Co-operation Agreement with Fiji which would provide the platform for sector specific agreements. Ratu Inoke, meanwhile, informed Mr Pereira of the progress which Fiji had made to date on the roadmap to democracy through the electronic voter registration, the Constitution Commission, and work on the compilation of the draft constitution. Mr Pereira welcomed Fiji’s progress. He shared some of Timor Leste’s struggles in 1999 and the steps they took to ensure stability.
“He also expressed his overwhelming gratitude for the Fijian peacekeepers who were employed in Timor Leste during the time,” Ratu Inoke said.
East Timor has a market economy that is dependent on exports of a few commodities such as coffee, marble, oil and sandalwood. The population of East Timor is more than one million.


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