Dili, Sunday, 25 November 2007

FRETILIN congratulates Prime Minister Elect Kevin Rudd and his front
bench team for being elected the new government of Australia at
yesterday’s general election, said party Secretary General, and former
Timor-Leste Prime Minister, Dr. Mari Alkatiri.

“We know Kevin Rudd. He has been a friend of Timor-Leste and FRETILIN
for a long
time, even before the 1999 referendum. We are elated that the
Australian people have embraced he and his Party’s vision for a more
compassionate, respecting and forward looking society,” said Dr.

“In September 2001, Kevin Rudd offered his standing as a senior leader
of the Australian Labor Party to assist FRETILIN gain membership to
the international community of progressive political parties, the
International Socialists, of which the Australian Labor Party has
played a leading historical role. Because of this FRETILIN is today a
fraternal colleague of the Australian Labor Party. We are always
positive and happy to see a party from our International Socialist
family be entrusted by their people with the task of governing;
entrusted to put in place the democratic and social justice ideals we
all share as International Socialists,” added Dr. Alkatiri.

“Our two countries have historical links going back for more than half
a century, to World War II. FRETILIN and most in the Australian Labor
Party have a historic fraternal relationship which grew out of the 24
years of our struggle for independence. We are committed to
continuing to build on these links, to continue to nurture future
relations based on mutual respect, real fraternity, oriented towards a
mutually beneficial and economically and environmentally sustainable

Dr. Alkatiri concluded with underscoring that as the largest political
party in Timor-Leste, FRETILIN looks forward to positive and
meaningful dialogue at the earliest opportunity with the new Labor
Government with regard to how Australia can engage positively and
meaningfully towards stabilizing the security and political situation
in Timor-Leste.

“We look forward to a mutually respectful and productive dialogue to
address any issues which may impede our mutually shared goals of
building lasting and trusting relations between our two parties and
nations,” said Dr. Alkatiri in closing.

For further information, please contact:

José Teixeira, Member of National Parliament, Tel. 728 7080, email:


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