“IN VICTORY BE MAGNANIMOUS, NEVER SEEK TO HUMILIATE THE ADVERSARY; IF HE IS ON HIS KNEES HOLD HIS HANDS, PLEAD WITH HIM TO RISE UP. WALK HALFWAY AND MEET THE VANQUISHED ONES; EMBRACE THEM, INVITE THEM TO JOIN IN A NEW ENTERPRISE OF PEACE, A NEW FUTURE FOR ALL. THIS HAS BEEN MY BELIEF AND IN MANY WAYS THIS HAS BEEN OUR PRACTICE SINCE INDEPENDENCE.”

 

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA

PRESIDENT, TIMOR-LESTE

On 21 April, 2022, in a landslide election victory, Dr. José Ramos-Horta was elected President of Timor-Leste for a second term. He had previously served as Senior Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2002 – 2006), Prime Minister (2006 – 2007), and President (2007-2012).  Dr. Ramos-Horta was sworn into office on May 19 and assumed office on 20 May, 2022, the 20th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s restoration of independence.

 
ABOUT

A founding father of the first new democracy of the millennium.

In exile for 24 years, he was the lone voice of his people, the people of Timor-Leste (East Timor) as they suffered one of the most brutal occupations of the last century. After leading his country to independence, he served as the President of the century’s newest democracy.

 

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Pope Francis meets with President of Timor-Leste

Pope Francis meets with President of Timor-Leste

Pope Francis met on Monday with East Timorese president José Manuel Ramos-Horta in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. Following the papal audience, President Ramos-Horta met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the...

India PM Modi Pholds bilateral meeting with President of Timor-Leste

India PM Modi Pholds bilateral meeting with President of Timor-Leste

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the President of Timor-Leste in Gandhinagar on Jan 09. He held a bilateral meeting with José Ramos-Horta on the sidelines of 10th Vibrant Gujarat Summit. PM Modi will inaugurate the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 at Mahatma Mandir,...

Ramos-Horta at UN General Assembly, September, 2023

Ramos-Horta at UN General Assembly, September, 2023

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA, President of Timor-Leste, spotlighting that his country is a young, imperfect and vibrant democracy, “an oasis of peace, tolerance and freedom”, said that, since its independence in 2002, the democracy is “alive and dynamic”. Noting that Timor-Leste...

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IMAGES OF TIMOR-LESTE

Timor-Leste in

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See his home through his eyes; the island that was once the scene of mass executions, torture centers and atrocities, enjoying the dividends of peace today.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUILDING

Taking peace building to the world.

Through high level missions for the UN Secretary General and other international peace building and diplomatic efforts, Ramos-Horta shares the wisdom of experience to make a better world.