Subject: Lusa: Portugal remains on 'front line of support' for Dili -
East Timor: Portugal remains on 'front line of support' for Dili - Mota Amaral
Dili, Feb. 10 (Lusa) - Portuguese Parliament Speaker JoÃ£o Bosco Mota Amaral pledged Lisbon's continued "frontline support" for East Timor in a meeting Tuesday with the newly independent country's president, Xanana GusmÃ£o.
"We came to testify Portugal's appreciation, admiration and enthusiasm over the construction of a democratic state and the economic development of East Timor", Mota Amaral said after his talks with GusmÃ£o in Dili.
He said he had reaffirmed Lisbon's "desire to always remain on the front line of support for East Timor's progress" in a dynamic based on "concrete facts".
In turn, GusmÃ£o said he viewed Mota Amaral's four-day visit, which began Monday, as "a sign" of stedfast Portuguese solidarity with its former Asian territory.
Earlier, Mota Amaral held talks Foreign Minister JosÃ© Ramos Horta and placed a wreath at Dili's Santa Cruz cemetery in honor of those killed during 24 years of resistance to Indonesian occupation.
Also on his Tuesday agenda was a meeting with the Portuguese army battalion serving with UN peacekeeping forces.
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