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31 January 2009

East Timor appoints new abassadors to Indonesia and Singapore

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Division of Public Relations Media Release 28 of January 2009 New T-L ambassador named for Indonesia and Singapore

Two new Timor-Leste Ambassadors have been named. Eng. Manuel Serrano has been selected to be the Ambassador to Indonesia and Dr Roberto Soares will add to his portfolio as the Ambassador to Singapore.

The appointments were announced today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs,H.E. Dr Zacarias Albano da Costa.

The two new Ambassadors will be sworn in at 3pm today (29th February) by the President of the Republic, Dr José Ramos Horta. The ceremony will be at the Presidential Office.

Eng. Serrano will leave for Jakarta to take up his post on a date still to be confirmed and Dr Soares will fulfill his role from Dili.

Eng. Serrano is currently Timor-Leste’s Consul-General in Bali. Among other official roles, he served as Chief of Staff for the Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Ramos Horta, in 2005/6.

“A good and productive relationship with Indonesia is of vital importance to Timor-Leste. Eng. Serrano has demonstrated his ability with the contribution he made while working under Dr Ramos Horta in the previous government and since then, representing Timor-Leste in Bali.

“As Ambassador, he carries heavy responsibility, but he knows he goes into the position with our full confidence in his ability and with our full support,” the Minister said.

Dr Soares will add the role of Ambassador to Singapore to his responsibilities as Director General for Cooperation and Regional Integration and Head of the ASEAN National Secretariat being launched tomorrow.

“Dr Soares is a pioneer of Timor-Leste’s diplomatic service and Foreign Affairs Ministry. He is carrying very heavy responsibilities already, but I have every confidence that he will be able to fulfill with distinction this additional role of safeguarding a very important relationship,” Dr Da Costa said.

For more information please contact MNE Media Relation Division on the following numbers: Fausto de Sousa - 670–7230058 0r Maria-Gabriela 670-730 4231
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