Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono confirmed that his ministry had increased cooperation with Timor Leste in the field of infrastructure.

"The Indonesian government has made a strong commitment to helping and establishing cooperation with Timor Leste, particularly in the areas of infrastructure construction and the development of human resources," Hadimuljono noted in a press statement here on Monday.

The minister was in Dili, Timor Leste, as a special envoy of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of Referendum Day on Friday (Aug 30).

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On Saturday, Hadimuljono, in the company of Indonesian Ambassador to Timor Leste Sahat Sitorus, held a meeting with Infrastructure Minister of Timor Leste Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires to deliberate on efforts to intensify cooperation in infrastructure projects and in the development of human resources.

The two countries' public works ministers inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on infrastructure on March 22, 2011. The MoU was revised to an MoU on cooperation in the fields of Infrastructure, Public Works, Housing, Urban Development, and Regions on July 10, 2017.

The cooperation activities encompass training, exchanges of visits of experts, fellowship programs, bridge constructions, and sharing of experiences in infrastructure development.

During the meeting in Dili, the two ministers agreed to extend the MoU due to expire in December this year.

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Reporter: M Razi Rahman, Fardah
Editor: Azizah Fitriyanti
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