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Horta and Embaló discuss to open Guinea-Bissau’s embassy in Dili and TL’s embassy in Bissau

Horta and Embaló discuss to open Guinea-Bissau’s embassy in Dili and TL’s embassy in Bissau

The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta (Right) held a bilateral meeting with his Guinean counterpart, Umaro Sissoco Embaló (Left)/Image Tatoli/Egas Cristóvão

DILI, 27 november 2023 (TATOLI) – The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, held a bilateral meeting with his Guinean counterpart, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, to discuss strengthening ties between the two Portuguese-speaking countries.

During the meeting, the two heads of state stressed the importance of opening the Guinean Embassy in Dili and Timor-Leste’s Embassy in Bissau to bring the two countries closer.

“We discussed the possibility of opening our embassy in Dili and Timor-Leste’s embassy in Bissau,” said Embaló.

President Embaló said that the Guinean and Timorese people are brothers as they have similar histories of struggle for self-determination: “We will therefore continue to maintain our good bilateral relations.”

In addition, both leaders also discussed the current situation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP). 

“We also discussed the current situation of the war between Ukraine and Russia and the conflict between Israel and Hamas,” Embaló added. 

President Horta thanked Embeló for making his time available to participate in the 48th anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence Day, which will take place on november 28: “It is an honor and a pleasure for me to welcome President Umbeló.”

The Head of State said that Guinea-Bissau was the first country to recognize East Timor’s declaration of independence on november 28, 1975.

“Guinea Bissau is a special country in Timor-Leste’s history of struggle for independence. So, it’s a pleasure to receive President Umbeló and his delegation team to Timor-Leste,” said Horta.

On the same day, Embeló also discussed the two countries’ bilateral relations with Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, in a meeting held at the Government Palace.

“Embeló visit not only expressed solidarity but also strengthened the brotherhood between Timor-Leste and Guinea-Bissau, which means that better cooperation can be opened in the future,” said Gusmão.

 

Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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