Saudi Arabia requests Timor Leste to support Expo-2030

Saudi Arabia requests Timor Leste to support Expo-2030

President of Republic, José Ramos Horta (Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 21 january 2023 (TATOLI)—The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC), from Saudi Arabia, Prínsipe Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, to discuss a global vision and request Timor Leste’s support at the Expo- 2030, which will be held in Riade city, Saudi Arabia.

The statement seen by Tatoli, states that, during the meeting, the Minister of MNEC Faisal presented to President Horta the vision for 2030, to revolutionize and expand economic cooperation with other countries.

The 2030 vision was according to an initiative from Saudi Arabia which was launched in 2016, that contains a strategic program for economic diversification, reducing dependence on petroleum funds and also developing public sectors such as Education, Health, infrastructure, and tourism.

“The idea is very interesting, and they are trying to implement it,” said Head of State Ramos Horta, after listening to a presentation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the MNEC from Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Head of Diplomacy from Saudi Arabia stated that they have sufficient capabilities and resources to implement the 2030 vision so that they can position Riade in the global political mix.

The launch initiative will be held at Exhibition-2030 at Riade and request support from TL.

“We are ready to implement the initiative under the name ‘Davos in the Desert’ and requesting TL’s support for Saudi Arabia to host Epxo-2030. 96 countries have expressed their support,” said Prínsipe Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

The Minister of MNEC of Saudi Arabia promised to invite the Head of State, José Ramos-Horta to carry out the launch of the initiative.

On the other hand, the two Leaders disagreed with the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, which was attended by the majority of western countries, such as Britain, America, and the European Union which focused more on the Ukrainian war.

Therefore, President Ramos Horta advised Saudi Arabia to carry out the Forum in Riade, which must guarantee the participation of various countries so that they can carry out cooperation from the southern states of Latin America.



Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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