DILI, 20 august 2022 (TATOLI) – Three active Generals and a former General were awarded the Order of Merit by the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta during the ceremony of the 47th anniversary of the Timorese National Defense Force (F-FDTL), at the Place of Government.
The recipients are General Angus John Campbell, a senior officer in the Australian Army, the Chief of the General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces, António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro, the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army, Andika Perkasa, and the former Minister as well as former Head of the National Intelligence Service of the Republic of Indonesia and Seroja Operations Veteran, Retired General Abdullah Makhmud Hendropriyono.
The awarding of a medal of merit is based on Decree Law Number 15/2009 of 18 March to recognize and thank civilians and military personnel, national and international, who have made a significant contribution to peace and national stability.
The active tree generals and the former general were invited as special guests to attend the celebration of the F-FDTL Day.
During their visit to Dili, General Campbell, Ribeiro, and Perkasa made a number of visits to some of the historical sites across Dili, including tossing flowers at Dili Port, and laying flowers at the Cemetery of Heroes in Hera and Seroja Military Cemetery in Dili, etc.
The three military leaders pledged to strengthen military cooperation with F-FDTL in the future, focusing on capacity building and training.
“The Australian Defense Force will continue to support F-FDTL in capacity building and training on leadership, military tactics, and strategy, medical, military medicine, military administration, and logistics management and engineering,” the Chief of the General Staff of F-FDTL, ‘Falur Rate Laek’ told reporters after having a courtesy meeting with his Australian counterpart, Angus John Campbell, at F-FDTL Headquarters in Dili, on friday.
In his visit to Seroja Military Cemetery, Andika Perkasa reiterated the importance of the military leaders’ role in promoting peace between Timor-Leste and Indonesia and among other countries in the Southeast region.
“It must be the responsibility of all military leaders not only in Indonesia, and Timor-Leste but throughout the world, we must promote peace,” Perkasa said.
Earlier, Ribeiro also expressed the Portuguese army’s commitment to supporting the F-FDTL in the program of peacekeeping capacity-building assistance.
During the celebration, President Horta thanked all countries who had been continuously supporting the development of Timor-Leste’s defense force.
Journalist: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges