Timor-Leste’s veterans deserve honor and respect

Timor-Leste’s veterans deserve honor and respect

Minister for National Liberation Fighters Affairs, Julio Sarmento da Costa "Meta Mali" (Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 23 february 2023 (TATOLI) – Minister for National Liberation Fighters Affairs, Julio Sarmento da Costa “Meta Mali” said that the Timorese people, especially the younger generation, should honor and respect veterans for their dedication and contribution to the nation’s independence. 

“I would like to call on all veterans, youth, and students to participate in the occasion of Veterans Day to be held on march 3, to honor and respect our veterans who put their lives at risk for fighting for the independence of the nation,” Meta Mali told TATOLI at his office in Dili. 

He said that strengthening unity among the Timorese people is crucial for national development: “We need to inculcate patriotism and nationalism in our children in order to promote peace and stability in the country.”

“Unlike many African countries that are still in conflict, Timor-Leste is a peaceful country: “We have the ability to overcome our problems and live in peace and stability. Therefore, I can say that so far Timor-Leste has made significant progress in terms of development in several areas,” Meta Mali stressed. 

In addition, the Vice President of the National Liberation Combatants, Marito Reis, also called on national leaders to strengthen unity in honoring veterans: “National unity is crucial to advance national development.”

Reis also urged the youth to avoid violence and embrace peace and stability in order to contribute to national development. 

The sixth anniversary of Veterans Day will be celebrated from 1 to 3 march with a number of activities to be organized by the organizing committee. 

The Ministry for National Liberation Fighters Affairs has allocated US$250,000 for the celebration of Veterans Day. 




Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges


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