Visit to Timor-Leste

Media release
29 Aug 2019
Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs

We will travel to Dili from 30 to 31 August 2019 to attend the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Popular Consultation, the referendum on the independence of Timor-Leste administered by the United Nations on 30 August 1999. 

We are honoured to participate in what will be an historic moment for Timor-Leste and we will be joined by the Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese.

Our visit will further strengthen the partnership between Australia and Timor-Leste. We will bring into force the Treaty Between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Establishing their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea on 30 August 2019. This is an historic step forward for our two countries.

Australia is Timor-Leste’s largest development and security partner. We look forward to meeting Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and opening a new chapter in our bilateral relationship, reinforced by regular dialogue, economic collaboration, cooperation on defence and policing, and development assistance.

Our Government is focused on deepening Australia’s relations with the Indo-Pacific, and we are fully committed to supporting the independence, sovereignty and economic sustainability of Timor-Leste.