The President Of The Republic Wishes The Entire People Of Timor-Leste A Happy New Year 2024 Full Of Peace And Fraternity

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, December 31, 2024, The President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, wishes all the people of Timor-Leste a happy New Year 2024 and congratulates all Timorese who work and study throughout ASEAN, Portugal, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, and other countries, to continue strengthening Peace and Fraternity in each of their activities.


President Ramos-Horta And Ifc Discuss Strengthening Timor-Leste’s Coffee Sector

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, January 5,  2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with David Freedman, Vice President of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), at the Presidential Palace to discuss coffee sector development in Timor-Leste. The meeting focused on gaining insights and ideas from President Ramos-Horta on strengthening the country’s coffee industry and improving market access for Timorese coffee producers.


President Ramos-Horta Continues To Encourage Children To Study

Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, January 7, 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, continues to encourage small children to continue studying for the future of Timor-Leste. State Head Ramos-Horta said when participating in the Christmas sermon and receiving the New Year 2024 together with the children at the Canossian Convent in Balide.


Bilateral Meeting Between President Ramos-Horta And Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Gandhinagar, India, January 09, 2024, President of the Republic J. Ramos-Horta met with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar, India, on January 09, 2024. In this meeting, Prime Minister Modi expressed his welcome to the Head of State and the delegation who will participate in the Gujarat Summit on the 10th. President Ramos-Horta expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for the invitation to participate in this Summit. To achieve his priorities, the Head of State also asked for the Indian Government’s support, to help Timor-Leste, especially in the areas of Health and strengthening IT capacity.


President Ramos-Horta Promotes Investment Opportunities At Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit

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Gandhinagar, India, January 10, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta delivered his speech at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Wednesday, inviting investment and presenting opportunities for partnerships with India and other nations. Speaking before an audience that included Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ramos-Horta highlighted Timor-Leste’s business climate and said the nation is moving forward to become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He saw prospects in tourism, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and technology.


President Ramos-Horta Emphasizes Maritime Security In Navy Anniversary Speech

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Hera, Dili, January 12, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta delivered a speech on Friday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL). President Ramos-Horta thanked international partners for strengthening the Naval Component’s capabilities and emphasized the importance of continued regional cooperation to address maritime security threats such as piracy, smuggling, and trafficking.


President Ramos-Horta Provides Assistance To Widow Rita To Construct A Proper House

Talimor, Ermera, January 12, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta is providing support through the Civil Society and Social Inclusion Affairs department to build a proper house for Rita do Carmo, a vulnerable widow living in Nunusua Sub-Village, Talimoro Village. Rita has been struggling to care for her seven children after her husband passed away in 2002.


President Ramos-Horta Encourages Graduates To Build A Brighter Future For East Timor

Hera, Dili, January 15, 2024, President José Ramos-Horta attended the first graduation ceremony at João Saldanha University in Hera. The private university, which opened in 2015.  In his remarks, President Ramos-Horta congratulated the university’s founder João Saldanha and his team for their commitment to helping Timorese youth have access to quality education. He commended the graduates on their achievement and encouraged them to use their education to contribute to the development of East Timor.


President Ramos-Horta Concerned About Medicine Shortage Problem

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, January 15, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with leaders of the Consumer Support Association to receive an update on the association’s advocacy work and future plans. President Ramos-Horta asked the association to also look into the problem of medicine shortages currently happening in Timor-Leste.


President Ramos-Horta Backs New Aquaculture Development Program

Nicolau Lobato President Palace, January 16, 2024, President Ramos-Horta met with aquaculture experts Leslie Lawrence and Jesmond Sammut from the University of New South Wales to discuss collaboration on an aquaculture development program for Timor-Leste. The experts outlined a plan to work with local organization PERMATIL on spring restoration projects to expand aquaculture activities and boost nutrition and economic growth.


Head Of State Praises PNTLS’s Security Efforts And Hears Strategic Priorities For 2024

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, January 16, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta held a regular meeting on Tuesday with PNTL Police General Commissioner Henrique da Costa. The meeting focused on the President’s appreciation of PNTL’s efforts to maintain peace and security during the Christmas and New Year celebrations in Timor-Leste.


President Ramos-Horta Visits Disabled Families In Liquisa

Guicu, Liquisa, January 17, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta visited families with disabilities in the village of Guicu, Loes, Liquisa Municipality on Wednesday. He was accompanied by Vice-Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion Céu Brites and Presidency Office Advisor, Gaspar Afonso. The purpose of the visit was to follow up with disabled residents who President Ramos-Horta had met during the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, he intended to build a care center for people with disabilities in that village.


President Ramos-Horta And Minister Gastão De Sousa  Discuss Border Infrastructure Upgrades

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, January 18, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with Minister of Strategic Planning and Investment Gastão de Sousa today at Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace. The two discussed infrastructure development, with a focus on improving infrastructure in border zones.


President Ramos-Horta And Japanese Ambassador Discuss Development Cooperation

Nicolau Lobato President Palace, January 18, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste Tetsuya Kimura today to discuss strengthening development cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Kimura expressed Japan’s solidarity with Timor-Leste following the recent devastating earthquake in Japan. He thanked President Ramos-Horta for Timor-Leste’s support during this difficult time.


President Of Timor-Leste Swears In New Ambassador To The United States Of America

Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, Dili, January 19, 2023, President of Timor-Leste J. Ramos-Horta, today, swore in José Luis Guterres as the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the United States of America.


President Ramos-Horta Meets National Parliament President Fernanda Lay For Regular Update Meeting

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, January 19, 2024, President José Ramos-Horta met with President of National Parliament, Fernanda Lay today for their regular meeting to discuss parliamentary matters. The two leaders discussed following audits of government institutions and discussed potential policies and laws needing review by parliament. Fernanda Lay said that upcoming audits of government institutions will utilize external contractors to prevent conflicts of interest.


President Ramos-Horta Confirms Pope Francis’ Visit To Timor-Leste

Vatican City, January 22, 2024, President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, held his first official meeting with Pope Francis  after being elected as Head of State for Timor-Leste In the Vatican Apostolic Palace, this Monday. “He (Holy Father) is happy with Timor-Leste. He cares for and accompanies the situation and confirms he wants to visit Timor-Leste,” said President Ramos-Horta after the meeting.


President Ramos-Horta Visits St. Egidio Community

Rome, January 22, 2024, East Timor Head of State, J. Ramos-Horta visited the Sant’Egidio community which carries out missions of dialogue and reconciliation. The St. Egidio Community and President Ramos-Horta know each other from negotiations during the civil war in Mozambique.


President Ramos-Horta Meets With WFP Leaders In Rome

Rome, January 22, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Cindy H. McCain at WFP headquarters in Rome on Monday. The visit occurred while the President was in Rome for a state visit to the Vatican. The leaders discussed ongoing partnerships between Timor-Leste and WFP. Key programs include the country’s involvement in the School Meals Coalition and efforts to improve food security, nutrition, and access to clean water. The potential creation of a Global Task Force on Social Protection for Nutrition, Human Capital and Local Economic Development was also discussed.


President Ramos-Horta Meets With Vatican Secretary Of State

Vatican City, January 22, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta held an official meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, and other Vatican officials. The meeting, held at the Secretariat of State facilities in Vatican City, covered a wide range of issues. According to President Ramos-Horta, they discussed Timor-Leste’s internal reconciliation process as well as relations with Indonesia, with Timor-Leste being held up as a model for conflict resolution. The role of the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste’s liberation struggle was highlighted, as was the Church’s continued importance today with 95% of the population being Catholic.

President Of The Republic Request France To Invest And Open Embassy In Timor-Leste

Élysée Palace, Paris City, January 24, 2024, The Head of State of Timor-Leste met with his counterpart, the Head of State of France, Emmanuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace, Paris, this Wednesday. This was the first meeting at the level of Heads of State that has ever taken place in the history between the two countries. “We talked about the sea port project and the new port in Tibar being built by the French company (Boloré), and he (Macron) was pleased with this information. We also talked about Timor joining ASEAN including about China and also discussed the problem in Myanmar,” explained President Ramos-Horta after meeting with President Macron.


President Ramos-Horta Responded About Timor-Leste And Indonesia Border Demarcation

Paris, January 24, 2024, During his visit to Paris this week, Timor-Leste President J. Ramos-Horta conveyed his position on the ongoing demarcation of the land border with Indonesia in Oecusse. President Ramos-Horta reiterated his confidence in the negotiating team led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão. He argued that while signing the final border treaty agreement is important, there are still reasons for continued discussions. President Ramos-Horta suggested there should be consensus even if it means each side sacrifices something. He stated this happens in many countries when reaching consensus on border agreements.

President Horta Meets French National Assembly President

Paris, January 25, 2024, President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, today, in France, met with the President of the French National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet to discuss Timor-Leste and its position connecting international relations. Head of State Horta during the meeting, presented initiatives and support to open the Timorese embassy in France including the process and preparation of Timor-Leste’s accession to the World Trade Organization and ASEAN which will take place this year and next.


President Ramos-Horta Discusses Timor-Leste’s Relations In The Region And The World With French Senate

Paris, January 25, 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, met with the French Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security Committee, led by Committee President Senator Cedric Perrin, to introduce Timor-Leste and its position in the region as well as globally, at the Senate building in Paris.


State Head Delivers Keynote At Paris School Of Affairs

Paris, January 26, 2024, The President of Timor-Leste, J. Ramos-Horta, was the keynote speaker at the ‘Youth & Leaders Summit’ organized by the Paris School of Affairs in Paris. This annual summit gathers young influencers including experts in various fields and international speakers at head of state, former head of state and world organization leader levels.


President Ramos-Horta Meets Uk Minister For The Indo-Pacific

London, 29 January 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, met with the UK Minister for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, at the UK Foreign Office on Monday. The meeting aimed to further discuss the Minister’s visit to Timor-Leste last September, to talk about Timorese migrant workers in the UK.


President Ramos-Horta Support Another Disability Family In Dili

Dili, January 29, 2024, Through the Civil Society and Social Affairs team of the Presidency of the Republic, President J. Ramos-Horta recently provided support to a family with disabilities in Bidau Village, Dili. This family, led by 75-year-old João Camões, has been struggling since Camões fell ill during the COVID-19 pandemic and could no longer work. Camões’s wife, 66 years old, Beatris da Silva Gomes, has been trying to sustain the family but it’s difficult because two of their children also have mental disability conditions. This family has not yet received help from outside and lives in very difficult conditions.

President Ramos-Horta And David Cameron Discuss Possibility Of East Timorese Working In Uk With Only Timorese Passport

London, 29 January 2024, The Head of State of Timor-Leste, J. Ramos-Horta after meeting with Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, continued the meeting with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Commonwealth and Development of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, at the UK Foreign Office building. In his remarks, President Ramos-Horta presented the economic and social situation in Timor-Leste including addressing investment issues in the oil, tourism and biodiversity areas. He also talked about East Timorese in the UK, the situation in the Pacific, Timor-Leste’s relations with China, the situation in Myanmar and combating extreme malnutrition.


President Ramos-Horta Addresses A Keynote At Geopolitics Virtual Conference

London, UK, January 29, 2024, The President of Timor-Leste, J. Ramos-Horta, participated virtually in the “Special Jubilee Scientific Conference Geopolitical Changes & Their Consequences for Economic Development.” The event was hosted by Kozminski University in Warsaw.