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East Timor hopes to join ASEAN next year

BOGOR, INDONESIA (AP) – East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta on Tuesday said he hoped Asia’s youngest country could join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year.

In a joint news conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Ramos-Horta said that his government has fulfilled all requirements to be the newest member of the bloc, and his country expected Widodo would maximise his role as the chair of ASEAN next year to accelerate the acceptance of East Timor as the 11th member of the regional grouping.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin