Subject: LUSA: Bishop Belo Gets Malaysian Pledges of Aid, 20 Feb.

East Timor: Bishop Belo Gets Malaysian Pledges of Aid 20 Feb-14:19

East Timor's spiritual leader, Catholic Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, met Tuesday with Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar in Kuala Lumpur, getting promises of development aid.

After their meeting, Albar said Malaysia would help East Timor train admin[i]strators, diplomats and police and would open an office in Dili next month to coordinate aid programs and promote economic ties.

Belo, who was ending a three-day visit Kuala Lumpur, said he had also sought Malaysian backing for rapid recognition of East Timor by the regional ASEAN bloc once the territory attains full independence.

SAS -Lusa-

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