Indonesia, Timor Leste ink MoUs on agriculture, trade, transportation

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The governments of Indonesia and Timor Leste signed four memoranda of understanding (MoU) in the agriculture, transportation, and trade sectors.

The signing was conducted during the meeting of Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) with his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, José Manuel Ramos-Horta, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Tuesday.

Based on information obtained from the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube broadcast on Tuesday, the delegation from each country inked four MoUs on agriculture, bus cross-border movement, standardization and metrology, as well as technical cooperation in the trade sector.

The delegates, who attended the signing from Indonesia, were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD; Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi; Minister of State Secretary Pratikno; and Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan.

Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesian Ambassador to Timor Leste Okto Dorinus Manik, and Director of East Asia and Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santo Darmosumarto were also present.

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Meanwhile, delegations from Timor Leste, who accompanied President Ramos-Horta, comprised Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, Minister of Transport and Communications José Agustinho da Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Pedro dos Reis, and Ambassador of Timor Leste to Indonesia Filomeno Aleixo da Cruz.

President Ramos-Horta arrived at the Bogor Presidential Palace at around 9:54 a.m. local time. He was greeted with a series of official state welcoming ceremonies.

Ramos-Horta’s arrival at the Bogor Palace was escorted by marching band troops, cavalry, and troops wearing traditional Indonesian attire.

President Ramos-Horta was then greeted directly by President Jokowi in the courtyard of the Bogor Presidential Palace.

In a series of activities for receiving state guests, President Jokowi also invited President Ramos-Horta to plant trees.

Currently, the two state leaders were still engaged in informal conversations on the back porch of the Bogor Presidential Palace.

President Ramos-Horta is planning to stay in Indonesia for eight days. Before arriving at the Bogor Presidential Palace, the Timor Leste president and his entourage first visited the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery to lay a wreath honoring the fallen soldiers.

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