Jakarta, 28 June 2011
H.E. Mr Manuel Sarrano, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, presented his Letter of Credentials to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan on 27 June 2011, thus accrediting Ambassador Sarrano as the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste to ASEAN.
Ambassador Sarrano expressed Timor Leste’s readiness to join ASEAN, further strengthen cooperation with ASEAN, and learn more experiences to fasten the process to join ASEAN. In response, Dr Surin welcomed Ambassador Sarrano to the new post as Ambassador to ASEAN and encouraged him to work closer with ASEAN to explore further areas to established economic linkages with ASEAN Member States. In this regard, Ambassador Sarrano expressed desire to explore the possibility of having interns or attachment officers of Timor Leste at the ASEAN Secretariat to build up their capacity in preparation of joining ASEAN.