The Philippine government maintains good cooperation with Timor Leste Ministry of Defense

Dili : On Friday, 25 August 2018, Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, held a meeting with the Philippine attaché for Defense, Coronel Rodrigo.  During the meeting, Coronel Rodrigo handed an official congratulation letter from the Phillipine Minister of Defense to Minister Filomeno regarding his nomination as the new Timor Leste Minister of Defense.  He also informed Minister Filomeno that the government of the Philippines is committed to continue strengthen the existing military cooperation.

Minister Filomeno apreciated the existing cooperation between Timor Leste Ministry of Defense and the Philippines government.  He said that the civil pilot training offered by the government of the Philippines is very important, however, F-FDTL also needs training for military pilot in the future, in particular training for helicopter pilot.  The minister will also seek opinion from the Philippines government regarding training cost as well as military pilot training for helicopter.  The opinion will be used as comparative study.

The Philippines military attaché updated information on the pilot training that has already been implemented, with an expectation that both Timor Leste and the Philippines governments would review Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to include programs that have not been included in the MoU.  Minister of Defense, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus informed that the MoU is in process and according to the procedure the MoU will need another opinion from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNEC) as well as from the office of the President of Republic (Lou/MeD).

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