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Minister of Foreign Affairs Adaljiza Magno meets her Australian counterpart Marise Payne

Minister of Foreign Affairs Adaljiza Magno meets her Australian counterpart Marise Payne

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Pacific Australia Labor Mobility (PALM) Scheme. Image// MNEC's media

DILI, 11 february 2022 (TATOLI) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno held a bilateral meeting with her Australian Counterpart Marise Payne, in Canberra, Australia.

The two ministers discussed a range of bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues, including Covid-19, labor mobility, and economic cooperation. Both parties committed to strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries (Timor-Leste-Australia).

On the issue of Covid-19, Minister Payne highlighted Timor-Leste’s exceptional work in implementing measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Minister Magno thanked the Australian Government for their partnership in the area of development.

“Australia is the biggest donor to Timor-Leste development. We appreciate your continued support,” Magno said in a statement released on friday.

Minister Payne also conveyed the positive news that Qantas will have a permanent commercial flight to Timor-Leste. Minister Magno pointed out that this will allow more people to come to Timor-Leste, boosting tourism and investment opportunities.

In the multilateral sphere, Minister Magno requested Australia’s support for Timor-Leste’s candidacy to the Human Rights Council.

On the issue of Labor Mobility, Minister Payne said Timorese workers are highly valued by Australian employers, saying Australia will welcome as many Timorese workers as possible.

Overall, Australia is committed to supporting Timor-Leste in its development goals. Payne also expressed Australia’s commitment to continue providing technical assistance in areas of need for Timor-Leste.

The two Foreign Ministers concluded their meeting by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Pacific Australia Labor Mobility (PALM) Scheme.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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