Timor-Leste’s bilateral relationships strengthened by meetings at the United Nations

Wed. 30 of September of 2015, 10:42h
PM Araújo e PM CV

Prime Minister, Rui Maria de Araújo, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hernâni Coelho, have met privately with a number of Heads of State and Government whilst attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

On the 28th of September bilateral meetings were held with Cape Verde, São Tome and Príncipe, and Sweden.


Cape Verde’s Prime Minister, José Maria Neves and Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo, discussed the conditions in the two countries, the activities of the CPLP and areas for growth in the bilateral relationship. At the end of the meeting Rui Maria de Araújo gave a short interview filmed for the National Television of Cape Verde.

Next was the meeting with the Prime Minister of São Tome and Príncipe, Patrice Trovoada. The two leaders focused on sharing information about their economic development and in particular discussed natural resource development.

IMG_5060The third bilateral meeting of the day was with Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven. Because Timor-Leste and Sweden are both members of the High-Level Group on SDG Implementation, discussion focused on how to rally support for implementation and the steps planned by Timor-Leste. During this meeting Rui Maria de Araújo officially invited his Swedish counterpart to visit Timor-Leste.


On the 29th of September Prime Minister Araújo met with the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who welcomed the smooth leadership transition in Timor-Leste this year and the inauguration of the Sixth Constitutional Government. The Prime Minister and President discussed cross sector cooperation between the two countries including support for the justice sector and education,particularly regarding promotion of the Portuguese language.