Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, June 12, 2024

President José Ramos-Horta met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Bendito dos Santos Freitas today at the Presidential Palace. Minister Freitas provided the President with an update on the work and activities carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC) over the past five months.

“Today I met with the President to report on MNEC’s work activities and to also hear the President’s thoughts on matters and substance related to international cooperation and global conflict issues facing the world,” Minister Freitas explained after the meeting with the Head of State.

The Minister highlighted that during their discussion, they talked about Timor-Leste’s preparations to host new embassies from the United Kingdom, Angola, Singapore and other nations. This includes looking at positioning ambassadors to be posted abroad.

Minister Freitas stated that President Ramos-Horta instructed to carefully issue any statements related to global issues such as the ‘South China Sea’ polemic, the situations in Myanmar and Ukraine. This is so that Timor-Leste continues to speak with one unified voice following the political statements issued by the government.

The meeting also covered upcoming foreign trips by Minister Freitas to Mozambique and Angola in the near future, including matters that will be carried out during those visits.

The President regularly meets with ministers to receive updates on the work of their respective ministries and to provide guidance on national and international affairs.

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