Timor-Leste and Japan—Building an everlasting friendship


H.E. Mr. Filomeo ALEIXO da Cuz
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to Japan

My previous position was as the Political Advisor to Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri of the I Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste after the Restoration of Independence on May 20th, 2002. In addition, I held the position of Coordinator for the former Prime Minister’s Office. Prior to this position, I served as Timor-Leste’s Vice Minister of State Administration for the II and III Constitutional Government.

Aside from political affairs, my job experience consists of positions in the fields of educational, human resource, and UN administration. I have worked as the Interpreter for the UN Administration Mission in East Timor and the World Bank Project Officer for School Readiness Program and Health Program. Among other positions, I was the Liaison Officer for UNAMET and UN Transitional Administration in East Timor Legal Office. These jobs provided me the necessary skills and experience to represent my country as the Ambassador of Timor-Leste to Japan.

I presented my credential letter to His Majesty, Emperor Akihito of Japan, on April 6th, 2016, and I am proud to serve Timor-Leste close to the Imperial Palace and the Government of Japan.

President of Timor-Leste, Mr. Taur Matan Ruak recently visited Japan on March 13th. He held a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between Japan and Timor-Leste. As the Ambassador of Timor-Leste to Japan, I will make it my aim to continue facilitating growth and prosperity between Japan and Timor-Leste in the coming years.

The globalized world is the here and now, and as individuals in societies, it is better to help each other, regardless of borders, during times of sorrow and crisis. Therefore, we are grateful for the help received from Japan, who hosted the 1st Donor’s Conference for Timor-Leste after the Referendum in 1999. I am fully committed to strengthening the relationship, friendship, and strong cooperation between Japan and Timor-Leste.

For more information about Timor-Leste, please visit the official website: www.timor-leste.emb-japan.go.jp.

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