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PH, Timor Leste sign pacts on foreign affairs, public works, education

President Benigno Aquino III and Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao exchange views after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Public Works in areas of Infrastructure Planning, Quality Control and Maintenance by Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Minister of Public Works Gastão Francisco de Sousa in Malacanang. (photo by Gil Nartea, Malacanang Photo Bureau)

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MANILA, Philippines -- East Timor and the Philippines have signed three agreements to further cooperation in foreign affairs, public works and education.

Timor Leste Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão and President Benigno Aquino III witnessed the signing of the agreements.

The memorandum of agreement on policy consultations aims to establish a bilateral mechanism for dialogue and cooperation, while that between the public works departments of the two countries seeks to provide capacity-building training to Timor Leste on infrastructure.

An agreement was also signed between Philippine Normal University and Timor Leste's Ministry of Education.

Aquino said both countries will also continue their military cooperation and intelligence exchange.

He also reaffirmed the country's support for Timor Leste's bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and thanked Gusmão for the $700,000 donation for the victims of typhoon “Pablo.”

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