Timor Leste and Laos plan to further boost bilateral ties, pledging mutual support and assistance through bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

The detail was revealed recently by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor Leste Roberto Sarmento de Oliveira Soares in an interview with Lao media who were invited to attend the 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community held on July 24 in Dili.

During the talks with Lao media, including a reporter from Vientiane Times and two others from Lao National Television, Roberto Sarmento de Oliveira Soares, spoke briefly about the visit of former Prime Minister Mr Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão to Laos in 2013. Mr Soares said his PM and delegation took a short official visit to Laos from September 9-11 in response to Lao Prime Minister Thongsing’s invitation, saying “The visit was the first for us since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 2002.”

Mr Soares said that on behalf of his country and population he was very grateful to Laos and was ready to share lessons learnt in relation to Timor-Leste’s application for Asean membership.

The information came out after the two countries reached an agreement on cooperation signed in 2013 in the fields of economics, trade and technology, which lays out a foundation conducive for future cooperation.

To achieve this objective, the two countries agreed to regular exchange visits by leaders and delegations from both sides at various levels along with sharing lessons learnt in various fields.

Source: Lao National Television News in Englsh (LNTV)
Broadcast on July 29, 2015