Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, March 8, 2018 – The President of the National Islamic Council of Timor-Leste (CNITL), H. Ahmad Ali Al-Ayyubi and his delegation were received in audience by the President of the Republic Francisco Guterres Lú Olo.
At the hearing, H. Ahmad Ali Al-Ayyubi raised with the Head of State the possibility of the establishment of bilateral relations between Timor-Leste and the United Arab Emirates.
After bilateral relations are established between the two countries, the United Arab Emirates will provide scholarships for Timorese people and Timor-Leste may also send workers to jobs in that nation, the visitor said.
The President of the National Islamic Council of Timor-Leste also conveyed to the Head of State his concern that the Islamic religion in Timor-Leste does not benefit from Government subsidies and that various laws create difficulties for the processing of nationality requests by Islamic faithful in Timor-Leste.
The Head of State told the President of the East Timor National Islamic Council that he will bring up these issues with the Prime Minister or a future government, including the establishment of bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates.