Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The year in Review - January 2009

January 10 t 21, 2009

The Minister for Foreign Affairs visit to Bangkok, Lisbon, Rome and Brussels

This was the first overseas trip of The Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2009.

President Ramos Horta, Minister Zacarias and
Prime Minister of Thailand

The visit to Bangkok was to accompany H.E. President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, I his State Visit to Thailand. Form Bangkok.

From Bangkok Minister Zacarias and his delegation proceed to Lisbon, The Vatican (Rome) and Brussels.

Minister Zacarias da Costa with the CPLP ambassadors accredited
to E.U. and Belgium

During each visit Minister Zacarias da Costa discussed with relevant authorities issues at regional, bilateral and multilateral levels; Issues addressed included the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the areas of capacity building, trade, cultural and education exchanges and the submission of Concordata to the Vatican

Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa andThe Most Reverend

Dominique Mamberti the Secretary for External Affairs of Vatican

The Minister’s program includes the Inauguration of Timor-Leste’s Embassies to the Kingdom of Thailand, Portugal and Timor-Leste Permanent Representative to CPLP in Lisbon.

Taken into consideration of the importance of the Timorese community abroad, the minister also met with Timorese community, students and lay people, in Lisbon and Rome.

In Bangkok - Minister Zacarias da Costa with East Timorese Students

Next : we will cover the trip to ThailandBangkok