Former East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta will receive one of Australia’s highest honours, in recognition of his work strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The now-special representative of the United Nations secretary-general is one of 13 foreigners named as recipients of honorary Order of Australia appointments.
Mr Ramos-Horta’s links to Australia, humanitarian efforts and recent key role aiding Australia’s successful UN Security Council bid, were cited for his appointment as an honorary Companion in the Order of Australia (AC).
“Mr Ramos-Horta has made an enduring contribution to the development of people-to-people links between Australia and Timor-Leste,” Governor-General Quentin Bryce said in a statement on Monday.
He had dedicated most of his life advocating for peace and human rights, predominantly for Timor-Leste but also for causes around the world, she added.