On the September 27th, I had the honour to present, to His Excellency the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the credentials designating me as Ambassador, Head of the European Delegation in this country.
It is a triple honour.
To exert the function, corollary of a diplomatic career, with all its responsibilities and duties.
To be in Timor-Leste, a brother country of my own, to which I have dedicated many memorable years of my career, between 1999 and 2002, at Portugal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To represent the European Union, the most ambitious and well-succeeded project of peace and union between nations that are diverse (and sometimes conflicting during the long History of our continent), a reference in terms of democracy, rule of law, culture and social and environmental rights promotion, as well as solidarity - the world’s biggest cooperation donor.
Since its accession to full Independence, the young Timorese Nation has been able to achieve important development goals, including the consolidation of a democratic practice with the tenure of regular elections, what is to be noted and supported. Since early days, Timor-Leste could also count on the committed support of European Union, not only in the political and diplomatic realm, but also by major cooperation projects that provided, in general, good results. The recognition of this well-succeeded partnership came with the creation of a permanent Delegation of the European Union in Dili, in 2007.
For the future, it is important to keep working with Timor-Leste in the framework of our established political dialogue and the Cotonou Agreement main principles, in order to support the development of this country, to consolidate progresses already done and to face new and decisive challenges with determination, rigour and optimism, always looking to benefit the Timorese people as a whole. That’s the mission that, with a competent and motivated team, I intend to pursue in the next years.
Long live European Union, long live Timor-Leste!