On 21 April, 2022, in a landslide election, Dr. José Ramos-Horta was elected President of Timor-Leste for a second term. He had previous served as Foreign Minister and Senior Cabinet Minister (2000 – 2006), Prime Minister (2007 – 2008), and President (2008-2012).  Dr. Ramos-Horta was inaugurated and assumed office on 20 May, 2022, the 20th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s restoration of independence.

Statement on Election of Lula to Presidency of Brazil

Statement on Election of Lula to Presidency of Brazil

Statement to the Press From the President of East Timor José Ramos-Horta Regarding the victory of Luis Inácio da Silva In the elections in Brazil October 30, 2022   The people re-elected Lula for President of the Federal Republic of Brazil. The elections were...

Cambodia State Support of Timor-Leste Accession to ASEAN

Cambodia State Support of Timor-Leste Accession to ASEAN

Cambodia, 20 October 2022 President José Ramos-Horta met with President of Senate, Say Chhum, President of National Assembly, Heng Samrin and Prime Minister, Hun Sen to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations between Timor-Leste and Cambodia.   The high...

Lowy Institute: A free trade zone for Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Lowy Institute: A free trade zone for Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Regional stability, economic resilience and mutual prosperity – what’s not to like about a cross-border FTZ? In July, Indonesian President Joko Widodo received President José Ramos-Horta for the first state visit of the Timor-Leste leader’s term. Both made proposals...

Reuters: East Timor prods Australia on long-stalled gas project

Reuters: East Timor prods Australia on long-stalled gas project

MELBOURNE, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China could all be interested in investing in a long-delayed gas project in the waters between East Timor and Australia crucial to the Asian nation's future, East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta said on...

Ramos-Horta: The First 100 Days and Our Future Challenges

Ramos-Horta: The First 100 Days and Our Future Challenges

Read/download PDF Watch on YouTube (in Portuguese) THE FIRST 100 DAYS AND OUR FUTURE CHALLENGES  Address to The National Parliament by J. Ramos-Horta, President of the Republic, 15 September 2022   Excellencies, Mr President of the National Parliament, Mr....

Woodside gas deal would turn Dili into Dubai: Ramos-Horta

Woodside gas deal would turn Dili into Dubai: Ramos-Horta

East Timor could become the next Dubai or Singapore if Australian resources giant Woodside agreed to pipe gas there instead of Darwin for processing, the island nation’s President Jose Ramos-Horta said as he steps up pressure on Anthony Albanese to support...

Australia and Timor-Leste Update Defence Ties

Australia and Timor-Leste Update Defence Ties

Australia and Timor-Leste today signed a reciprocal Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). The DCA is a status of forces agreement that sets out the reciprocal protections, responsibilities and privileges each country will grant the military personnel of the other in...

Timor-Leste: ASEAN leader expects country to join by late 2023

Timor-Leste: ASEAN leader expects country to join by late 2023

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who currently chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said on Wednesday he was “optimistic” that Timor-Leste’s accession would be completed “no later than next year”. According to...

East Timor hopes to join ASEAN when Indonesia chairs in 2023

East Timor hopes to join ASEAN when Indonesia chairs in 2023

BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta in a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart on Tuesday said he hoped Asia’s youngest country could join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year. In a joint news conference with Indonesian...

President Attends St. Anthony’s celebrations in Manatuto.

President Attends St. Anthony’s celebrations in Manatuto.

President Ramos-Horta attending the annual Saint Anthony's religious and cultural activities in Manatuto town. The activities last the whole month of June with daily fun activities like fairs, games, sports, etc. 13th June is the main religious event with a Catholic...

Political situation in Myanmar and the effects on Bayingyi villages

Political situation in Myanmar and the effects on Bayingyi villages

The following Report was received by President Ramos-Horta on 4 June, 2022: Since the military coup of February 1, 2021 in Myanmar, .thousands of civilians have been killed and detained by the military; at least 12,417 civilian houses have been burned, at 296...

Sky News: President Rules Out Security Pact With China

Sky News: President Rules Out Security Pact With China

In recent meetings, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Ramos-Horta discussed and signed agreements on issues including health care, infrastructure, and economic co-operation. President Ramos-Horta ruled out a security agreement with China, saying "We do...

President Meets with United States Representatives

President Meets with United States Representatives

Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Timor-Leste Thomas Daley was joined by USAID Mission Director in Timor-Leste Zema Samunegus, in a meeting with President Ramos-Horta at the Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, June 3, 2022. The US representatives affirmed the...