PH, Timor-Leste explore direct Manila-Dili flights

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PH, Timor-Leste explore direct Manila-Dili flights
Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta (left) and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during a joint press conference on November 10. Photo from the Presidential Communications Office.
  • The Philippines and Timor-Leste will explore the possibility of having direct flights between Manila and Dili
  • An air services agreement was part of discussions between President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr and Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta
  • Ramos-Horta is on a five-day state visit to the Philippines
  • Marcos reiterated the Philippines’ support to Timor-Leste’s membership bid to the ASEAN

The Philippines and Timor-Leste will explore opening direct flights between Manila and Dili in Timor-Leste, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said in a press conference on November 10.

An air services agreement was part of discussions between Marcos and Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta, who is on a five-day state visit to the Philippines starting November 8.

Marcos described Ramos-Horta’s visit as “very important start to…developing that relationship and deepening that relationship between our two countries.”

Marcos also voiced the Philippines’ support to Timor-Leste’s membership bid to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Timor-Leste attended the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Indonesia in May as an observer.

Diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Timor-Leste were formally established on May 20, 2002. Timor-Leste is the Philippines’ 171st trading partner with total trade amounting to $164,000; its 158th export market; and the 194th import supplier.

There are currently 11 signed agreements between the Philippines and Timor-Leste, covering areas like economic and technical cooperation, higher education, and military, among others.