Malaysia and Timor Leste have agreed to further enhance their bilateral relations by promoting cooperation in the fields of their strengths.

The agreement was reached at the talks between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his visiting Timor Leste counterpart Xanana Gusmao in Putrajaya city on March 31.

Najib said his country supports Timor Leste’s efforts to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Talking to the press after the talks, Najib said that there is great potential for the two sides to expand cooperation, and that Timor Leste invites Malaysia to explore its potential in various fields such as infrastructure development, oil and gas, mineral exploitation, health, tourism and agriculture.

PM Gusmao hoped that Malaysia’s private sector will make more contributions to his country’s development, Najib added.

The two PMs also underlined the need to encourage both countries’ business communities to increase investment in their countries.
Two–way trade between Malaysia and Timor Leste in 2013 reached 21.2 million USD.-VNA