"We want to increase our relations," President Jose Ramos-Horta said after meeting Myanmar's foreign minister during a visit that drew protests over human rights abuses in military-ruled Myanmar.
"This is in accordance with Timor-Leste policy, which aims to improve relations with neighbouring countries," Ramos-Horta said, referring to his country by its official name.
"And in order to improve commercial ties, Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Zacarias Da Costa will visit Myanmar with a business representative soon. The aim is to start a strong commercial relationship with Myanmar," he said.
Ramos-Horta said Timor Leste had also urged Myanmar's military regime to open a dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "Timor-Leste's position, and also that of the international community and Asean, is that if the dialogue occurs, then it should aim to free her to become a regular citizen," he said.
The visit by Myanmar Foreign Minister was marked by protests, with clashes breaking out between police and human rights activists demanding Suu Kyi's release.