Indonesia, Portugal to step up ties, assist Timor Leste development

16:54, August 04, 2010      

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Indonesia and Portugal will strengthen bilateral ties, and vow to help development in Timor Leste, the world's youngest country, foreign ministers of the two countries said in Jakarta Wednesday.

The official visit of Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Filipe Marques Armando to Indonesia, the first ever visit by Portuguese officials in the last decade, is expected to step up the bilateral relations.

On Wednesday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa met with his Portuguese counterpart and said they have found a new orientation to develop the bilateral relationship.

To reach the goal, the two ministers signed an agreement on bilateral consultation between the foreign ministries of Indonesia and Portugal after the meeting.

"The dialogue (that) we have this morning was very good, we identified new orientations to develop our bilateral relation, on political, economic and cultural bases," the Portuguese foreign minister said.

On Timor Leste's development, Indonesia and Portugal will jointly help the young nation to develop, both ministers said.

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