Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares is visiting Singapore on an official introductory visit.

2 Minister Soares called on and was hosted to lunch by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan earlier today. The Ministers reaffirmed the longstanding and friendly relations between Singapore and Timor-Leste. They noted that Singapore was a major investor in Timor-Leste. They discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as trade and investment, and technical cooperation. They also discussed Timor-Leste's application to join ASEAN, which ASEAN is currently studying. Minister Balakrishnan reaffirmed Singapore's commitment to supporting Timor-Leste's capacity-building needs through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) and welcomed more Timor-Leste officials to participate in the SCP.

3 Minister Soares also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong this afternoon.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore