SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANTA CRUZ MASSACRE

Dili, 12 November 2016

I salute all young Timorese people on this National Youth Day, a date that reminds us of the heroic sacrifice of many young people who rose against the occupation of our country and for the liberation of this land and our people.

I pay tribute to the memory of the Santa Cruz […]

November 12th, 2016|Speech|

PRESS RELEASE:H.E. PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK HOLDS A COURTESY CALL WITH HIS PORTUGUESE COUNTERPART MARCELO REBELO DE SOUSA

Brasilia, 31 October 2016 – H.E. the President of the Republic, Taur Matan Ruak, held on Monday, 31 October, a courtesy call with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on the occasion of the 11th summit of the CPLP.

On this occasion, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa congratulated H.E. Taur Matan Ruak for the success […]

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK TO THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT ON THE STATE OF THE NATION

Dili, National Parliament, 20 September 2016

Mr President of the National Parliament,

Members of Parliament,

Your Excellencies,

Beloved people of Timor-Leste.

I embrace all who are here: distinguished members of the National Parliament—elected representatives of the citizens of Timor-Leste—members of all bodies of sovereignty, and distinguished guests who are with us on this formal opening session of the National […]

September 20th, 2016|Parliamentary address|

Speech by the Most Reverend Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, at the ceremony to award the Collar of the “Order of Timor-Leste”

Your Excellency Mr President of the Republic of Timor-Leste,

Your Excellency Mr President of the National Parliament,

Your Excellency Mr Prime Minister,

Your Excellency Mr Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,

Honourable Chiefs of the Civil House and the Military House of the Presidency of the Republic and respective members,

Dear Journalists and Media Professionals,

I thank His Excellency the President […]

August 28th, 2016|Speech|

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE, MR TAUR MATAN RUAK, AT THE CEREMONY TO AWARD THE COLLAR OF THE “ORDER OF TIMOR-LESTE” TO THE MOST REVEREND CARLOS FILIPE XIMENES BELO.

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT,

YOUR EXCELLENCY, MR PRIME MINISTER,

YOUR EXCELLENCIES,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

We are here today to carry out an act of JUSTICE.

Today, here, the Nation pays tribute to one of the most distinguished and admirable representatives of the Timorese people: The Most Reverend Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, a brother and compatriot […]

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK AT THE CELEBRATION OF THE 14th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESTORATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Gleno, 20 May 2016 :

Your Excellencies. Distinguished guests.

People of Timor-Leste.

I salute the people of Ermera, the municipality that hosts this year’s official commemoration of the anniversary of the Restoration of Independence.

I salute the Timorese people throughout the country and those who live in distant lands. Thousands of brothers and sisters in the diaspora have […]

May 22nd, 2016|Speech|

STATEMENT BY H.E. PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE FOLLOWING THE BILATERAL MEETING WITH H. E. THE HONOURABLE SHINZŌ ABE, PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN

Tokyo, 15 March 2016
I’m greatly pleased to once again visit Japan, now as Head of State.
I’m grateful for the warm hospitality that the government and the people of Japan have shown to myself and my delegation, and well as for the official visit programme which is being offered to us.
I would like to begin […]

REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK AT THE CLOSING OF THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF VETERANS OF TIMOR-LESTE

Dili, 3 March 2016

Honourable members of bodies of sovereignty,
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
Distinguished guests,
Veterans, brothers and sisters.

I extend to all of you my heartfelt embrace and welcome the meeting of the First National Conference of Veterans of Timor-Leste.
This closing session should have been conducted by the veteran of veterans, our brother Xanana Gusmão. […]

March 3rd, 2016|News, Speech|

BRIEF REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TAUR MATAN RUAK OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE AT THE LUNCHEON FOR HIS EXCELLENCY GENERAL THE HONOURABLE SIR PETER COSGROVE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Dili, Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 3 March 2016

Dear Governor-General,
Lady Cosgrove.

Welcoming Your Excellencies to Dili is a great honour for me and for Isabel and represents a new occasion for us to celebrate the lasting and stable friendship between our peoples and our countries.
It’s with the utmost pleasure that we receive the visit of a […]

March 3rd, 2016|International, News, Speech|

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY TAUR MATAN RUAK PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE ON THE OCCASION OF THE BANQUET IN HONOUR OF HIS EXCELLENCY JOKO WIDODO, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

Dili, Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 26 January 2016

Mr President Joko Widodo, Madame Iriana Widodo,
Distinguished members of the delegation and guests,
Excellencies.
It is an honour to host this visit to Timor-Leste by the President and the First Lady, despite Your Excellency’s very busy schedule. On my own behalf and on behalf of Isabel, I extend our […]

January 26th, 2016|News, Speech|