Thursday, May 30, 2013

Timor-Leste Prime Minister to visit the Philippines

The Department of Foreign Affairs announced today that Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste will visit the Philippines from June 5 to 9 upon the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The two leaders will discuss areas of mutual interest and cooperation between the Philippines and Timor-Leste, such as education, trade and investment, infrastructure, and defense. While in the Philippines, Prime Minister Gusmão will give a lecture at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He will also undertake a familiarization tour of Subic and Clark and meet with potential Filipino investors in Timor-Leste.

Prime Minister Gusmão was Timor-Leste’s first President after achieving independence on May 20, 2002. He is currently serving his second five-year term as Prime Minister, having first assumed the position in 2007. He is concurrently Minister for Defense and Security.

Prime Minister Gusmão was one of the leaders of the East Timorese resistance movement. He actively campaigned with the international community to help bring about Timor-Leste’s independence.

The Prime Minister is widely recognized for his leadership and has received numerous citations and awards from international bodies such as the UNESCO Félix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize (2002) and First Class Medal for Contribution to Humanity awarded by the President of the Republic of Vanuatu (2011), among others.-Official Gazette

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