New Zealand ambassador congratulates Minister of Defense

Dili : On 20 July 2018, Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, held a courtesy meeting with New Zealand ambassador for Timor Leste, Mrs. Vicky Poole New Zealand ambassador for Timor Leste, Mrs. Vicky Poole at the Ministry of Defense, in Fatuhada, Dili.

Ambassador Vicki on behalf of New Zealand government extended congratulation and wished good luck to Minister Filomeno’s new responsibility as Minister of Defense.  The Ambassador said that New Zealand is appreciated the people of Timor Leste’s maturity to maintain peace and stability despite political obstacles faced by the country.

Ambassador Vicky took the opportunity to apologize regarding a previous case involving New Zealand attaché for Timor Leste, who accidentally published an email outlining the political climate in Timor Leste.  The Ambassador said that New Zealand government has taken action by permanently replaced him from his position as the New Zealand military attaché for Timor Leste.

Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus thanked New Zealand government for the supports to this day, including joint operation and trainings.  Minister Filomeno informed that there many things to do on the agenda, particularly, the government’s plan to review the plan for national security and defense. The plan is intended to realize complementary service in F-FDTL and PNTL during exercising their mandate in defense and security.  Therefore, according to Minister Filomeno, many things still need to be done, including the development of human resources, providing equipment for PNTL and F-FDTL in order to facilitate their duties.  Timor LEste government will continue to strengthen bilateral cooperation with New Zealand in order to create good relationship for the two forces (New Zealand and Timor Leste) to establish better cooperation in the future.

At the same time, the New Zealand Ambassador also presented the Strategic Plan of New Zealand Defense Force (Defense White Paper) that describes about New Zealand’s politics on National Defense and Security.

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