Vientiane-Laos, March 1, 2024

President of the People’s Republic of Laos, fully supports Timor-Leste’s accession to ASEAN in 2025. The Head of State informed that the purpose of this State visit to the People’s Republic of Laos is to negotiate Timor Leste’s accession to ASEAN.
Ramos-Horta said, this year the People’s Republic of Laos chairs the ASEAN presidency, therefore Timor-Leste needs to make strong promotions to gain confidence from member nations.

“They all support us, we have good strong relations with Laos, just as no other country wants to destroy our friendship, they support and respect us and they are happy with my visit, the President of Laos also wants to visit Timor-Leste, as well as other countries like the Philippines, Brunei will soon visit,” said the Head of State.

Horta said the People’s Republic of Laos fully supports Timor-Leste’s accession according to the plan to formalize joining ASEAN in 2025.
Ramos-Horta asked the Government to evaluate the ‘Road Map’ given by ASEAN to Timor-Leste to prepare the domestic economy to have economic progress. The President of the Republic said that in a meeting with the President of Laos there was a good response to Timor-Leste’s accession and he wanted to visit Timor-Leste soon.