Ambassador Xiao Jianguo attended logistics materials handover ceremony to F-FDTL
2019-08-19 16:11

On August 14th, 2019, the handover ceremony of logistics materials donated by China to Timor-Leste was held at the headquarter of F-FDTL. H.E. Dr. Xiao Jianguo, Ambassador of China to Timor-Leste, H.E. Mr. Filomeno da Paixao de Jesus, Minister for Defense and Acting Minister of Interior of Timor-Leste, H.E. Major General Lere Anan Timur, CDF of F-FDTL, H.E. Mr. Faustino da Costa, General Commander of PNTL, and Senior Colonel Huang Damin, Defense Attache of the Chinese Embassy attended the ceremony.

Ambassador Xiao said that the defense cooperation is an important part of the friendly and pragmatic cooperation between China and Timor-Leste. China is willing to provide assistance to the modernization of F-FDTL. The logistical materials provided by PLA will effectively improve the self-sustaining capability of F-FDTL, and improve the living conditions of the military officers and soldiers.

Major General Timur reviewed the traditional friendship between the two countries, and said that China had given strong support to Timor-Leste during the national independence war. He hoped that the two armies will strengthen friendly relations in the new era and further deepen defense cooperation.

On behalf of the government of Timor-Leste, Minister Filomeno expressed his gratitude to China for its long-term assistance and support. He emphasized that the professional modernization of F-FDTL is one of the important goals of the development of Timor-Leste. The logistical materials provided by China will greatly enhance the logistics ability of F-FDTL. He expected that the two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation in the field of defense, and push for in-depth development of bilateral relations in the future.

On behalf of the two governments, Ambassador Xiao and Minister Filomeno signed the logistical materials handover certificate and jointly visited the logistics materials exhibition.

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