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Australia’s Ambassador Peter Robert bid farewell to PR Lu Olo

Australia’s Ambassador Peter Robert bid farewell to PR Lu Olo

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DILI, 20 december 2021 (TATOLI)— The Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Robert bid farewell to the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, at the Presidential palace, Bairro Pite Dili today.

“With honor, I met with the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo since my diplomatic mission ended in Timor-Leste. This is an opportunity to emphasize the politics of the two countries in bilateral relations,” said Ambassador Peter Robert after meeting with PR Lu Olo at Presidential palace, Aitarak laran Dili.

Robert stated that during his four-year mission in Timor-Leste, he has completed many bilateral collaborations with the Government of Timor-Leste, especially in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and the flash flood that occurred on April 4, among others.

At the same time, Mr. Robert stressed that a strong way that demonstrates bilateral cooperation between the two countries was through maritime boundary agreements.

“I am very proud of the Government of Timor-Leste. Three years ago Timor-Leste and Australia agreed to work together to protect maritime boundaries, this method shows the strong cooperation between Timor-Leste and Australia, therefore Australia will look forward to continuing its cooperation with Timor-Leste in other sectors such as Education, infrastructure, Health, Justice, and Security in the future,” said Roberts.

Robert said even though his mission was completed, he would continue to coordinate with the private sector to invest in Timor-Leste.

“I will continue to coordinate with the private sector to invest in Timor – Leste as soon as possible, to open up job opportunities for Timorese to support their family’s economy,” said Robert.

At the same time, the President of the Republic Francisco Guterres ” Lu Olo appreciated the Australian Government through its Embassy in Timor – Leste, which remains committed to supporting Timor – Leste under any circumstances.

“On behalf of the country of Timor – Leste I would like to thank the Australian Government and the Ambassador, Piter Robert for their dedication and contribution, especially with the Timor – Leste government in fighting COVID-19 and floods so far, and hope that this bilateral cooperation can continue in the future,” said Lu Olo.

Australian outgoing Ambassador,Peter Roberts was a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary, North Asia Goods Branch. In Canberra, he has held a range of positions, including as a lead negotiator in the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, China Australia Free Trade Agreement and the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations. He has also worked as Director, Japan Section. He previously served overseas as Political Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Tokyo; Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Apia; and Senior Civilian Monitor, Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville.

Mr Roberts holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Hons) from the Australian National University/Tohoku University Japan, and a Bachelor of Science from the ANU.

Mr Robert started his diplomatic mission in Timor-Leste since 2018 and completed in 2021.

Following the statement released from the Australia Foreign Ministry Department, Australia has announced today, Mr William Costello as Australia’s next Ambassador to Timor-Leste.

Mr Costello is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Labour Mobility and Economic Growth, Office of the Pacific. He has previously served overseas in Washington, Port Moresby, Manila, and Phnom Penh. In Canberra he has held senior leadership positions across a range of regional and development assistance roles.

Mr Costello holds a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Canberra College of Advanced Education.

 

Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B

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