Vientiane-Lao, February 29, 2024, During President J. Ramos-Horta’s visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Head of State first met with his counterpart Thoungloung Sisouliht, President of Lao, to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

This meeting, held at the Constitutional Assembly, saw Lao President Thoungloung Sisouliht congratulate Timor-Leste on its accession to permanent membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Lao Head of State added that with Timor-Leste’s accession, economic cooperation with Lao is made possible to benefit the peoples and nations of both countries.

“We will give our maximum support to Timor-Leste’s efforts in implementing the necessary roadmap to be able to become an ASEAN member in the near future and we are proud that Timor-Leste has officially become a member of the World Trade Organization two days ago, which we know the two nations are now WTO members, and this mechanism must be used to benefit trade and promotion for the two nations. I hope that our accession can further contribute to the promotion of even greater trade cooperation between our two nations,” said Lao Head of State Thoungloung Sisouliht.

After the meeting, Head of State Ramos-Horta and Lao President Sisouliht, went on to sign a cooperation agreement between Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Bendito Freitas and Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce, Malaithong Kommasith in the fields of Trade, Economy and Industry. On this occasion, Timor-Leste Ambassador Filomeno Aleixo da Cruz also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic regarding land exchange to build an embassy office.

Meanwhile, the Head of State and his delegation also held a meeting with Lao Prime Minister Xonexay Siphandone to discuss bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries.

During this state visit, the President also visited the heroes’ garden to lay wreaths at the Lao heroes’ monument and finally visited the ‘That Luang Stupa’ museum in Vientiane, Lao.