SINGAPORE: Timor Leste is to be admitted “in principle” as the 11th member state of ASEAN, Southeast Asian leaders gathered in Phnom Penh said in a statement on Friday (Nov 11).
The country will be granted observer status at ASEAN meetings, including at summit plenaries.
The statement said that there will be an “objective criteria-based roadmap” for Timor Leste’s full membership.
The leaders had discussed this at a plenary session held in the Cambodian capital on Friday. Myanmar’s military leaders were not in attendance, as they have been shut out from high-level meetings.
ASEAN leaders said that all member states and external parties shall fully support Timor-Leste to achieve the milestones by providing “capacity building assistance and any other support needed for its full membership in ASEAN”.
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