Luanda, Angola – July 9, 2024. In a landmark moment for bilateral relations, Timor-Leste President J. Ramos-Horta inaugurated Timor-Leste’s new embassy in Angola. Speaking at the ceremony, President Ramos-Horta expressed gratitude for Angola’s swift provision of space for the embassy, marking a significant step in strengthening diplomatic ties between the two nations.

The President emphasized the historical importance of this development, noting that Angola is the first Portuguese-speaking African country to establish an embassy in Dili. He highlighted Angola’s growing presence in Asia, with existing diplomatic missions in Singapore and Jakarta, and stressed the mutual benefits this new embassy would bring to both countries, as well as to the CPLP.

Ramos-Horta outlined plans for rapid staffing of the embassy beyond the ambassador, emphasizing the need for a team to implement and execute recently signed memoranda and agreements. He expressed confidence that the embassy would be highly active in fostering cooperation between Timor-Leste and Angola.

In response, Angola’s Foreign Minister confirmed that his country has already secured facilities in Dili, with Angola’s ambassador having visited the Timorese capital. The minister echoed the sentiment of friendship and solidarity between the two nations, quoting former Angolan President Agostinho Neto: “What counts for us is not geography, but ideology.”

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