Subject: LUSA: President Gusmao received by Indonesian parliament

02-07-2002 12:34:00. Notícia nº 3847898 Temas:

East Timor: President Gusmao received by Indonesian parliament

The speaker of the Indonesian parliament said Tuesday that despite continuing problems between Jakarta and Dili, there should be a strengthening of ties between the two Southeast Asian nations.

Akbar Tanjung made his comments in the presence of East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao, who was visiting the Jakarta legislature Tuesday during a state visit to Indonesia.

"I believed in Xanana Gusmao`s commitment before he became president and I am confident that this endeavor will continue now that he is president", said Tanjung.

"I know that there are some problems to be resolved between us and I am prepared to work together to build a strong relationship", added the speaker of Jakarta`s lower chamber.

Gusmao expressed his thanks for "the political position" of the Indonesian parliament, calling to the assembly to forget the past.

"We hope that now we are a new country, we can achieve a relationship with Indonesia which is a great country that we respect and one which we also hope can help us", said Gusmao.

Gusmao arrived in Jakarta Tuesday on day two a three- day state visit to Indonesia at the head of a Timorese government delegation. He met earlier with Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

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