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Portugal, Indonesia agree to help Timor Leste

LISBON, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva met with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Lisbon on Friday, and agreed to cooperate to help Timor Leste.

This was the first official visit a head of state from Indonesia has made to Portugal since 1960.

Cavaco Silva pointed to a "new phase" in Portuguese-Indonesia relations and said both countries were willing to help Timor Leste.

"We have common interests in regard to the political stability and economic and social development in Timor Leste," he said.

Timor Leste was a Portuguese colony and later became part of Indonesia in 1975.

Analysts have pointed out that both nations have a moral obligation to help the Eastasian country, which alike most Pacific Islands, remains dependent on aid from advanced economies, despite Timor Leste now being independent and ruled by a democratic government.

Timor Leste has relied on revenue from a natural-gas field but it is running low on reserves and is still one of the world's poorest countries.

Cavaco Silva also pointed to strategic areas for the cooperation for both countries in the fields of renewable energies, tourism, biotechnology, equipment and infrastructure.

Cavaco Silva and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last met in 2012 when Cavaco Silva visited Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city.

The Indonesian leader commenced his 2-day visit to Portugal on Friday.

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