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ASEAN, East Timor, Fiji, Papua New Guinea

Singapore asks why Timor Leste is getting special attention at ASEAN

Singapore’s Prime Minister has reportedly asked why Timor Leste’s application for membership at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seems to be getting special treatment, over applications from ji and Papua New Guinea.

An ASEAN official attending the leader’s retreat in Bali this week says Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asked ‘why Timor Leste was on the agenda and what was so special about the country, adding that Fiji and Papua New Guinea also expressed interest but had never received genuine attention.’

The Jakarta Post reports that in the end, Timor Leste’s application was included in the chairman’s statement, with ASEAN leaders welcoming the nation’s interest and formal application to join ASEAN, and a working group was established to examine the matter further.

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