Japan- Timor-Leste Relations

September 6, 2023

On September 6, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Indonesia to attend the ASEAN-related Summit Meetings, held informal talks with H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste after the ASEAN Plus Three Summit Meeting. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan would continue to support Timor-Leste’s efforts to join ASEAN, and he asked for understanding and cooperation regarding the discharge of ALPS treated water into the sea.
  2. In response, Prime Minister Gusmão expressed his deep gratitude for Japan’s support to date, and stated that he would like to continue to work closely with Japan.

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