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President Horta honors Australian Deputy Ambassador to Timor-Leste

President Horta honors Australian Deputy Ambassador to Timor-Leste

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DILI, 11 june 2024 (TATOLI) – The President of the Republic, Jose Ramos Horta, yesterday conferred the Order of Timor-Leste in the Medal Category upon Australian Deputy Ambassador, Suzanne Wilson-Uilelea, in recognition of her dedicated service and outstanding contribution to strengthening the bilateral partnership between Timor-Leste and Australia. The official ceremony took place at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace.

Suzanne Wilson-Uilelea is a distinguished career diplomat with over 25 years of experience serving in the Australian foreign service. She joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a generalist officer in 1996. She has undertaken numerous postings across the Pacific region, serving as Apia as 3rd Secretary, Head of Office in Thursday Island, Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor Political in Suva, Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor Development in Nauru, and most recently as the Deputy Ambassador at the Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste, a position she has held with distinction since 2021.

The Timor-Leste and Australia partnership advanced during Mrs. Wilson-Uilelea’s tenure. Thisincluded Australia’s provision of over 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, high-level visits by leaders of both nations, support for Timor-Leste’s election processes, and extensive cooperation across development, economic, security, education, and people-to-people sectors.

A 25-year veteran of Australia’s foreign service, Wilson-Uilelea is the first Aboriginal/First Nations Australian appointed to serve as Director of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade State Office in Darwin when she takes up that post in august.

President Horta praised Wilson-Uilelea’s exemplary performance, dedication, and professionalism in promoting the interests of Timor-Leste over her tenure as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Dili since 2021.

“Wilson-Uilelea’s efforts have tremendously benefited many Timorese over the years, and she richly deserves this recognition from our nation,” the President stated. “Her services in the context of state-to-state relations have been fundamental to fostering the friendship between our peoples and supporting Timor-Leste’s peace, stability, and development,” Horta said in a statement. 

The Head of State reaffirmed Timor-Leste’s profound gratitude for Australia’s steadfast friendship and assistance as the nation’s largest development and security partner since independence in 2002. He expressed confidence that the two close neighbors will continue expanding their productive partnership across multiple shared interests in the years ahead.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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