Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 2 July – Former president of the Republic José Ramos-Horta met on Monday with President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo to discuss the work he has been developing abroad.
The former President of the Republic and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was recently in Myanmar to participate in an international meeting, where he talked about the challenges faced by the country. He also attended the meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, held in Finland, and participated in a meeting in New York in his capacity as chairman of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which had the presence of members of security forces from around the world, including PNTL Commissioner Julio Hornay.
From New York, he travelled to South Korea for an international meeting that discussed the Korean Peninsula.
During his meeting with the President of the Republic, Ramos-Horta confirmed that he will soon travel to Germany to attend a meeting on the various challenges faced by Europe and the issue of the refugees, and then to Portugal, accompanying the Head of State.
Following his visit to South Korea, Ramos-Horta asked the President of the Republic to work with the Government to address the situation of Timorese workers in South Korea, and called for the expansion of bilateral relations with that country – a country that shares with Timor-Leste a history of struggle and is ready to continue welcoming workers coming from Timor.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate also expressed his satisfaction with the State visit of President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo to Indonesia, where he was warmly welcomed by President Joko Widodo, in a demonstration that relations between Timor-Leste and Indonesia are strong.
According to Ramos-Horta, it is important to continue the negotiations – initiated by the 6th and 7th constitutional governments – regarding a small section of the land border that is still to be defined (approximately 2%), as well as the maritime border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
The two national leaders also talked about the list of members of the 8th Constitutional Government, which is currently being reviewed by the President of the Republic. Ramos-Horta argued that it is not within the purview of the President of the Republic to veto them but he has the responsibility to ensure their fitness for office, and believes that the Head of State will continue his dialogue with the Prime Minister to seek a solution.