New Ambassadors to Malaysia and Vietnam Sworn In

Dili, May 22, 2024 – President José Ramos-Horta presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Timor-Leste’s new ambassadors to Malaysia and Vietnam at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace on Wednesday.

Taking the Oath

Lisualdo Gaspar, a veteran diplomat with over two decades of experience, was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Malaysia. Previously, Gaspar has held senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including postings as ambassador to New Zealand, minister counsellor in Jakarta, and second secretary in Canberra.

João Pereira took the oath as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam. Pereira brings extensive experience from working with the United Nations and Timor-Leste’s government on governance, public administration and education matters. He most recently served as Advisor to the President on International Relations from 2022-2024.

Strong Regional Ties
In his address, President Ramos-Horta highlighted the “strong and friendly bilateral relations” Timor-Leste enjoys with both Malaysia and Vietnam, built on mutual respect since gaining independence in 2002.
The President expressed gratitude for Malaysia’s “steadfast support” over the years, including contributions to peacekeeping missions, facilitating air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hosting Timor-Leste’s first ever diplomatic mission abroad.

While framework cooperation agreements are already in place with Vietnam, Ramos-Horta noted that negotiations are ongoing for additional pacts covering air services, investment protection, and food security.

Representing National Interests
“I have full confidence that Ambassadors Gaspar and Pereira will represent the interests of our nation and further deepen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Timor-Leste with Malaysia and Vietnam respectively,” the president stated.

Ramos-Horta wished the newly sworn-in ambassadors success in strengthening ties with these key regional partners and advancing Timor-Leste’s interests internationally.

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