Timor Leste hopes to join ASEAN next year

Timor Leste’s recently elected president is pressing his country’s long-standing bid to join ASEAN. Jose Ramos-Horta, meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, said Timor Leste had met most of the conditions necessary for ASEAN membership. He is also seeking to boost trade ties between the countries and to join ASEAN when Indonesia takes over as chair of the bloc next year.

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