Díli, 26th May 2019: His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, congratulated, by phone, on Tuesday, 26th May 2019, his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, for the victory of Liberal Party in federal general election, held on May 18th. This victory makes Scott Morrison return to lead the Government.
In his call, the Timorese Chief Executive took the opportunity to invite his Australian counterpart to participate in the 20th anniversaries of the Restoration of Independence and the arrival of INTERFET to Timor-Leste, which will be held in the coming months of August and September.
Taur Matan Ruak further emphasized to Scott Morrison that the current Government, led by him, has the commitment and the will to maintain ties of cooperation with the new Government of Australia, in the interests of the people and the State of both countries.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in turn, thanked for the call and reiterated the willingness and commitment of the new Australian Government to further strengthening the cooperation with the Government of Timor-Leste in the future.
Scott Morrison was appointed Prime Minister after the Liberal Party, led by him, won the elections on May 18.
The relationship between Timor-Leste and Australia goes back to World War II, when the Timorese voluntarily helped Australian troops in the struggle to prevent Japanese forces from reaching Australia. This relationship continued during the period of Indonesian occupation, with many Australians being activists in defence of the right to self-determination of Timorese, and, in 1999, the INTERFET (International Force for East Timor), under the Australian leadership, was sent to the country after the popular consultation, assigned with the mission of helping to recover peace and stability in the country. Yet, during the independence period, Australia remains one of the countries that have helped Timor-Leste the most in the reconstruction process. END