India and Timor Leste have signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of public health to extend affordable healthcare to the people of the Southeast Asian nation, the External Affairs Ministry said here today.
The MoU was being discussed for more than five years and would open avenues of cooperation between the two countries.
Gurjar also called on Timor Leste Prime Minister Mari Bin Amude Alkatiri and met Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Aurelio Guterres and Minister of Justice Maria Angela Guterres Viegas Carrascalao.
In his discussions with the Timor Leste leadership, Gurjar conveyed India's "strong desire" to partner with the country in its socio-economic development, the statement said.
"Recognising the need to enhance and expand the areas of cooperation between the two countries, the two sides agreed to have enhanced interaction through bilateral institutional mechanisms to further strengthen the existing friendly ties between the two countries," it said.
Goa and Timor Leste were under the Portuguese rule.
The Timor Leste side briefed Gurjar on their developmental priorities and expressed a desire to expand cooperation in building infrastructure, education and maritime sectors. It also briefed him on their efforts to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a member state.
Gurjar delivered a public lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on "Indian Foreign Policy and Modinomics".
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