Japan to continue provide technical assistance to F-FDTL

Dili: On 3 August 2018, Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus  held a courtesy meeting with Japanese ambassador for Timor Leste, Mr Hiroshi Minami.  Ambassador Hiroshi on behalf of the Japanese government, extended congratulation and wished good luck to Minister Filomeno’s new responsibility as Minister of Defense.

The Japanese ambassador said that the Japanese government is strongly committed to continue support Timor Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL).  Thus far, the Japanese government has been supporting more in capacity building (engineering), maintenance and technical training for civilians. Ambassador Hiroshi stated that the Japanese government will continue support F-FDTL in those areas.

In relation to the discussion, Ambassador Hiroshi expected both parties to review the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and other agreements as they have been expired

Timor Leste Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus on behalf of Timor Leste government expressed gratitude over the continues support from the Japanese government to Timor Leste to this day, particularly the contribution to F-FDTL.  Minister Filomeno said that Timor Leste would continue build good relationship with Timor Leste. Even though Timor Leste is limited in resources and capacity, Timor Leste is strongly committed to establish a stable security within the entire territory.  Therefore, in short period of time, Timor Leste Minister of Defense will review the existing MoU and agreements to strengthen cooperation between the countries.

Ambassador Hiroshi stated that his government would continue to cooperate with Timor Leste’s government in defense areas such as maritime security and capacity building for F-FDTL in order to respond to problem such as illegal fishing.  he two parties are committed to further strengthen bilateral relationship in Defense sector.

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