Wednesday, 9 December 2009

SENEC in East Timor, Indonesia and Australia

Portugal - SENEC in East Timor, Indonesia and Australia

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation (SENEC) João Gomes Cravinho will be on an official visit across Asia for political contacts and the strengthening of bilateral relations, December 7-16, with calls on Indonesia, East Timor and Australia.

In Jakarta, the SENEC will have a working session with his Indonesian counterpart Deputy Foreign Minister Tryonno followed by a dinner they will both attend with Indonesian political and economic representatives. The SENEC will also address an audience of International Relations students at a conference on «Portuguese Foreign Policy» at the University of Indonesia.

The SENEC will be in Bali, December 9 – 11, where he will attend the Bali Democracy Forum. He will be in Dili, December 12, for contacts with several East Timorese political leaders. The agenda includes meetings with President Ramos Horta, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, Ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs and the UN representative in East Timor.

While in East Timor, João Gomes Cravinho will also visit the Portuguese Cooperation Cluster Mós Bele, in Maubara, as well as the GNR (Portuguese National Guard) headquarters.

The last leg of SENEC’s trip will be Australia, December 14 - 16, where he will meet the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Bob McMullan and Portuguese entrepreneurs in Canberra.

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