India to set up embassy in Timor Leste

02 Oct 2023

Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Jose Roma Horte


Timor Leste, a Southeast Asian nation has requested India for supply of rice for the beleaguered nation. The small island nation off the Timor sea got their independence from Portugal and then from Indonesia in 2002 is of strategic importance to India but is currently struggling to address their economy. India's junior foreign minister Rajkumar Ranjan Singh had a meeting with the country's leadership including President Jose Roma Horte and they requested for supply of rice for their country.

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``The meeting was fruitful and we will look into their requests and try to do the needful,'' Rajkumar Ranjan Singh told ANM News over phone from Dili, capital of Timor Leste. ``We had an extensive discussion on expansion of trade volume, technological support and I have requested a  plot of land to set up an embassy in East Timor. The government agreed and we will soon set up our foreign office on the island. Timor Leste has lot of potential including medical, IT and technical aspects and I am sure our engineers and businessmen will be able to explore potentials in this place,'' Singh added.

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