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UPDATED: 19:19, June 05, 2007
Timor Leste renews bid for ASEAN membership
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Timor Leste President Jose Ramos Horta Tuesday reiterated his country's call to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during his first overseas trip as president to Indonesia.

"Joining with the ASEAN will make our regional diplomacy complete," he told a press conference after a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Merdeka Palace here.

Horta also thanked the Indonesian government for persuading fellow ASEAN members to accept Timor Leste's entry.

The Asia's newest country has openly expressed willingness to become the 11th member of the regional grouping since the ASEAN Summit in Malaysia in 2005.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Source: Xinhua

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