Rudd – East Timor row

Speaking in Washington, Mr Rudd also voiced his support for the way Australian troops handled the assassination attempt on East Timor’s President in Dili last month.

Jose Ramos-Horta has criticised Australian-led forces for not acting more quickly to cordon off the capital and stop the rebels escaping.

Mr Rudd says Australian troops handled the situation very effectively.

“I defend their absolute professionalism in how that was dealt with in very trying circumstances,” he said.

“The fact that Jose was able to be got to the international medical facility at the Australian base in Dili so quickly, frankly is a large part of the reason why we were able to help Jose pull through.”

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