Maputo, Mozambique – July 6, 2024

The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta delivered a compelling lecture at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo, focusing on the country’s journey, regional relations, and global position. The event, titled “Timor-Leste, the Region and the World,” drew attention to the strong ties between Timor-Leste and Mozambique.

During his address, Ramos-Horta emphasized Mozambique’s pivotal role in Timor-Leste’s path to independence and subsequent development. He highlighted the diplomatic support provided by Mozambican officials, particularly former President Joaquim Chissano, which was instrumental in garnering international backing for Timor-Leste’s independence movement.

The President outlined significant achievements in Timor-Leste since gaining independence 22 years ago. These include extending electricity access to 97% of the country, dramatically increasing the number of doctors from 19 to 1,300, and establishing 18 higher education institutions. However, Ramos-Horta acknowledged that challenges remain, particularly in improving the nation’s road infrastructure.

The lecture also spotlighted the ongoing cooperation between the two nations, particularly in education. UEM’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Manuel Guilherme Júnior, noted that 24 Timorese students have benefited from the university’s programs, with 11 currently enrolled. 

President Ramos-Horta expressed gratitude for this continued support and reaffirmed Timor-Leste’s commitment to strengthening its historical ties with Mozambique.

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