Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, April 16th, 2024.

The President of Timor-Leste, J. Ramos-Horta, will make an official visit to Portugal as a guest of honor for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of April 25th, the revolution that restored democracy in Portugal after the dictatorial regime.

During his stay, he will meet with Portuguese authorities, as well as with the Timorese community in Portugal. This visit comes at an important moment, as Portugal and Timor-Leste negotiate a new Strategic Cooperation Program, focusing on opportunities for Timorese youth.

In Dili, Ambassador Maria Manuela Freitas Bairos is organizing a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of April 25th and democratic freedom. Highlights include a debate on the challenges of democracy next Saturday, a concert on April 25th with songs from the Carnation Revolution performed exclusively by Timorese artists, a tribute to freedom of the press on May 3rd, and a discussion on child labor on April 30th with a reading of the work “Os Esteiros”. These events celebrate the historical ties between the two countries and the shared democratic values.

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