Dili, Timor-Leste | 27 May 2024
President José Ramos-Horta awarded Brazil’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Maurício Medeiros de Assis, with the nation’s highest honor – the “Collar” degree of the Order of Timor-Leste – in a special ceremony at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace on Sunday.

The prestigious decoration recognizes Ambassador Assis’s “exemplary dedication and professionalism in promoting the interests of Timor-Leste” throughout his tenure as Brazil’s resident envoy to the country, according to the presidential decree announcing the honor.

In bestowing the Order of Timor-Leste, President Ramos-Horta lauded Assis for playing a “fundamental role” in strengthening friendship and cooperation between Timor-Leste and Brazil. The decree highlighted the ambassador’s efforts, which have “benefited many Timorese over these years.”

A True Friend of Timor-Leste

“Ambassador Maurício has been a true friend of Timor-Leste, playing a fundamental role in promoting our nation’s interests and fostering friendship between our peoples,” President Ramos-Horta affirmed. “His professionalism, dedication and drive to strengthen our bilateral relations are an inspiration and deserve this highest honor.”

Established in 2009, the Order of Timor-Leste honors foreign nationals and Timorese citizens whose professional, social or heroic acts have significantly contributed to the benefit of the country, its people or humanity.

Privilege to Serve
In receiving the “Collar” decoration, Ambassador Assis expressed deep gratitude, declaring it “a privilege to serve the people of Timor-Leste and strengthen the ties between our two nations” during his ambassadorship.
The Order of Timor-Leste has three degrees – “Collar” (highest), “Grand Cross” and “Grand Officer” – with the “Collar” degree reserved for heads of state and other figures of exceptional merit.

Assis, a career diplomat, has served as Brazil’s ambassador to Timor-Leste since 2020. He is expected to complete his posting later this year.

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