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Indonesia, East Timor to expand economic ties at two border islands

Jokowi pledges to help East Timor develop human capital to enter ASEAN

East Timor's Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, who is also a former East Timor independence fighter, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo wave to photographers as they meet at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, Feb. 13.   © Reuters

JAKARTA/TOKYO -- East Timor's Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak met his Indonesian counterpart President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta, on Monday and agreed to expand economic cooperation on two border islands.

The leaders discussed economic cooperation in the border areas between Nusa Tenggara Timur, the southernmost province of Indonesia, and East Timor's Oecusse.

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