MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEETS EAST TIMOR LEADERS
Thursday, 5 March 2009

The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, met with East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, during a two day visit to East Timor.

Mr Fitzgibbon was accompanied by the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, the Hon. Alan Griffin, and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, to engage in bilateral discussions on areas for future cooperation between Australia and East Timor.

“I welcomed President Ramos-Horta’s plan to issue an East Timor Medal to international security forces, including ADF members, who have helped in reconstruction efforts,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Further details available on the ADF Website:

http://www.defence.gov.au/DefenceBlog/2009/0302_0308.htm#wing