Friday, 3 June 2011

Dr. José Amorim Dias is Timor-Leste’s new ambassador to Malaysia

Amb. José Amorim Dias

Ambassador José Amorim Dias today was sworn in, by H.E. the President of the Republic, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, as the new Ambassador of the Republic of Timor-Leste to the Kingdom of Malaysia.

Presidente Ramos Horta with Ambassador Amorim Dias

Ambassador José Amorim Dias, a career diplomat, in 1992 after being released from prison he moved from Indonesia to Europe to continue his studies . He was then invited by Dr. José Ramos-Horta, Leader and Spokesperson of the Timorese Resistance in Diaspora, to join the East Timor Diplomatic Front and was appointed as Representative of the National Council of MAUBERE Resistance (CNRM) to the European Community, from the period of 1992 – 1997, with residence in the Netherlands Ambassador Amorim Dias from 1998 to 2 000, moved to Belgium to take up a new post in Brussels, as the Deputy Representative of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT) to the European Union. The Representative at that time was the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr.Zacarias Albano da Costa.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Zacarias Da Costa
with Amb Amorin Dias

In 2002, after the restoration of independence of Timor-Leste , Ambassador Amorin Dias was appointed as the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the European Union.

Minister Zacarias da Costa talking to the media after the ceremony

Ambassador José Amorim is an experienced Diplomat, who served for several years as Timor-Leste’s Ambassador in the Kingdom of Belgium and European Union. Also, with his knowledge of the region, I’m sure he will use his experience in his new post. We all know that the Kingdom of Malaysia has a special importance for Timor-Leste as it is always present when we are in need. Among all the support Malaysia has given us in the last few years is its participation in the UN Peace Keeping Force in Timor-Leste.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Zacarias Albano da Costa, commented after the ceremony .