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British Ambassador reinforces UK relations with Timor-Leste

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G-NEWS (DILI) – British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste Owen Jenkins will visit Dili on 12-17 May 2023 to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to deepening its partnership with Timor-Leste.

He is scheduled to meet with President José Ramos-Horta to discuss the strong links which already exist between UK and Timor-Leste and UK support for Timorese accession into the ASEAN bloc.

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Ambassador Jenkins will also meet several government ministers, officials from international donors and foreign embassies, and civil society representatives to discuss ways to align UK assistance effectively.

He will also explore opportunities to collaborate with relevant partners to support Timor-Leste in various sectors, particularly in economic development, health and nutrition, and, climate adaptation and resilience.

British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste Owen Jenkins said:

“This will be my last official visit to Timor-Leste, a country that matters greatly to the UK. As Dialogue Partner to ASEAN, we fully support Timor-Leste’s smooth accession into the regional bloc so it can reap benefits such as developing strong trade connections with the major Asian economies and generating business opportunities for the Timorese private sector.
I would like to thank all our partners in Timor-Leste for their support, encouragement and advice. As I approach the end of my tenure as British Ambassador, I am very confident that our relations with Timor-Leste will continue to expand and be more dynamic and impactful for citizens of both our countries.”