Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Southeast Asian leaders agreed on Friday to permit East Timor to affix the 10-nation ASEAN regional bloc, in accordance with a press release launched by summit host Cambodia.
“We the leaders of the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations… agreed in precept to confess Timor-Leste to be the eleventh member of ASEAN,” the assertion stated.
East Timor is the youngest nation in Southeast Asia, having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002 after 24 years of occupation.
Throughout their gathering in Phnom Penh, regional leaders agreed to grant East Timor observer standing and the precise to attend ASEAN conferences and summit periods, in accordance with the assertion.
The bloc will now draw up a roadmap setting out the factors that East Timor should hit earlier than being granted full membership.
The previous Portuguese colony is likely one of the poorest international locations on the earth and is grappling with excessive ranges of inequality, malnourishment and unemployment.
President Jose Ramos-Horta has lengthy campaigned for ASEAN membership and an utility was first submitted in 2011.
Ramos-Horta, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, gained a second time period in workplace in April, having beforehand served from 2007 to 2012.
Indonesia — which takes over the ASEAN chair from Cambodia in 2023 — had hoped East Timor may formally be part of the ASEAN subsequent 12 months.
However Philippine Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Dan Espiritu stated the timeline for full membership was not clear.
“Not as a result of we want to delay their entry however we should make certain they’re actually prepared for the obligations and tasks,” he instructed reporters in Phnom Penh.
“We request the ASEAN member states to grant full membership to Timor-Leste in 2023, following 11 years of preparation,” the East Timor authorities stated in a press release, which additionally thanked companions for capacity-building efforts.
ASEAN started as a five-member bloc in 1967 and has steadily expanded, with Cambodia being the latest addition in 1999.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by Amazoonkart employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)
Featured Video Of The Day
What Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Had Stated About Nalini Sriharan, Rajiv Gandhi Convict, In 2009