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Visiting Timor-Leste President eyeing stronger ties with PH

By: - Reporter / @JMangaluzINQ
/ 05:41 PM November 08, 2023

Timor Leste President Ramos Horta

Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta arrives in the Manila on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. (Photo from PCO)

MANILA, Philippines — Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta arrived in Manila on Wednesday and will look to further strengthen ties with the Philippines, according to the Palace.

Philippine Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Belinda Ante welcomed Ramos-Horta at the  Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier in the afternoon. 

According to the Palace, Ramos-Horta will meet with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to discuss technical, political, educational, and economic partnerships.  


Timor-Leste is vying for membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), where it currently has an observer status. 


Marcos has expressed support for Timor-Leste’s full membership in the Asean,   

“In the Philippines, you have a partner. We have always been supportive,” Marcos had previously told Timor-Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak.    


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