Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, June 10, 2024 – Timor-Leste’s Head of State José Ramos-Horta has urged the country’s new ambassador to Malaysia, Lizualdo Gaspar, to further deepen bilateral cooperation between the two nations.


In a meeting with Gaspar, President Ramos-Horta emphasized the importance of Timor-Leste’s relationship with Malaysia, a close ally that has supported Timor-Leste since before independence up to the restoration of independence in 2002.

“President Horta highlighted Malaysia’s crucial support, including the official visit in 2003 by then Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who was the first head of government to visit newly independent Timor-Leste and provided military equipment for our defense force,” Ambassador Gaspar told reporters after the meeting.

Key Areas of Cooperation
Current cooperation between the two countries spans education, healthcare, and air transportation. A priority for Gaspar will be enhancing air connectivity, which is currently under discussion.


The ambassador also aims to leverage diplomacy to build human resource capacity for local governance decentralization and agricultural development, including attracting investment in the sector.


With a long-standing partnership dating back to Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence, the Southeast Asian neighbors are keen to open a new chapter of even closer ties under Ambassador Gaspar’s tenure in Kuala Lumpur.

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