In both meetings, Minister da Costa briefed the two State dignitaries about the latest developments in Timor-Leste including the status of the accession process to ASEAN, the 2012 elections and tourism activities in Timor-Leste. The Minister also discussed the problems of the Timorese community in Australia, especially in New South Wales.
H.E. Minister Zacarias da Costa and H.E.
ProfessorMarie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales
During the Minister’s meeting with the Governor of New South Wales, Minister da Costa discussed issues related to youth, education and food security. When invited to visit Timor-Leste, the Governor agreed to look at August as the possible time for such a visit.
H.E. Minister Zacarias da Costa and
Honorable Barry O'Farell,
Premier of New South Wales
The Minister also met with the Timorese Community in New South Wales and with the small Timorese community in Canberra when he visited the Embassy in Canberra. As part of the working visit, Minister da Costa will also visit Melbourne and will have meetings with the leaders of the Community in Victoria and the friendship groups in that state.