RI, Timor Leste FM meet in Bali

RI,  Timor Leste FM meet in Bali

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa met with his Timor Leste counterpart Zacarias Albano da Costa on the sidelines of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement ministerial conference here on Monday.

The meeting was held at around 6.15pm local time behind closed doors. Marty was accompanied by foreign ministry spokesman Michael Tene and director general for Asia Pacific and African regions, Hamzah Thayeb, ANTARA News learned here on Monday.

The 16th NAM ministerial conference meanwhile would last from May 23 to 27, opened with senior official meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

The ministerial conference is scheduled to be officially opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday.

The ministerial conference this time was special because it happened in concurrence with the 50th anniversary of the NAM. The conference this time carries a theme of "Shared Vision on the Contribution of NAM for the Next 50 Years."

The NAM has invited foreign ministers from 118 member countries and two new member countries namely Fiji and Azerbaijan to the conference.

Observers from countries and organizations will also attend the event.

The conference will produce a final statement which is an update of the results of NAM Summit in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt and declaration on Palestine. In addition it will also issue a "Bali Commemorative Declaration."

Indonesia hopes the NAM as a developing countries` movement will continue to become the country`s foreign policy forum especially as a multilateral forum for building solidarity among developing nations to meet international challenges.