|Subject: Xanana & Ramos-Horta
Congratulate Megawati, Praise Gus Dur
XANANA AND RAMOS-HORTA CONGRATULATE INDONESIA'S NEW PRESIDENT AND PRAISE GOOD FRIEND GUS DUR
Hanoi, July 23
Attending the 34th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi this week, Xanana Gusmao and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta today welcome the election of Ms Megawati Sukarnoputri as Indonesia's 5th President.
"On behalf of the people of East Timor we congratulate President Megawati Sukarnoputri and wish her much success and happiness in her noble task in leading one of the world's greatest nations."
"Our two countries share a common border and a tragic history. Let's continue the process of dialogue towards normalizing relations and building the foundations of a solid and long lasting friendship".
"We believe that President Sukarnuputri will be a good President for Indonesia and a friend of East Timor".
"We regret the departure of our friend former President Gus Dur. He has been a good friend of East Timor and has done a lot to repair relations between our two countries."
Xanana Gusmao Jose Ramos-Horta
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