Subject: China, Brazil, Singapore congratulate Timor-Leste's new president

Also Brazil's Lula applauds ETimor's president-elect


UPDATED: 09:22, May 14, 2007

Chinese president congratulates Timor-Leste's new president

Chinese President Hu Jintao sent congratulations Sunday to Jose Ramos-Horta on his election as the new president of Timor-Leste.

In his message Hu expressed his congratulations and good wishes to Ramos-Horta. "I believe that under your leadership, the people of Timor-Leste will make new progress in building your country."

China and Timor-Leste are friendly neighbors and bilateral relations have made smooth progress on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence since diplomatic ties were established five years ago, Hu said.

The Chinese president said cooperation and exchanges in the political and economic fields have been gradually developed between the two sides, along with the understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Hu said China attaches great importance to building friendly cooperative relations with Timor-Leste and fully supports the country's reconstruction work.

"I am willing to make joint efforts with you to enhance bilateral friendly exchanges, expand pragmatic cooperation, and push forward the healthy development of China-Timor Leste relations," he added.

Ramos-Horta was elected president in the second round of Timor Leste's elections on Wednesday.


Brazil's Lula applauds ETimor's president-elect

BRASILIA, May 13 (AFP) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva congratulated East Timor's Jose Ramos-Horta on Sunday for his presidential election victory, saying he wanted to deepen the Portuguese-speaking countries' ties.

In a message to Ramos-Horta released by the foreign ministry, Lula also welcomed the "democratic example" shown by East Timor during its first presidential election since it gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.

"I learned with great satisfaction the good news of your presidential election victory," Lula said.

Lula, whose country has contributed troops to a UN peacekeeping force since 1999, also said he wanted to work alongside the president-elect "to deepen the friendly relations and cooperation that unite Brazil and East Timor."

The two countries are members of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

Ramos-Horta, the current prime minister and a Nobel peace prize winner, won Wednesday's election to succeed Xanana Gusmao in a landslide.

He is expected to be inaugurated on May 20.

East Timor voted for independence in a UN-sponsored referendum in 1999, triggering an orgy of killing by pro-Jakarta militia before independence from Indonesia was declared in 2002.


PM Lee congratulates Timor-Leste President Ramos-Horta

By Margaret Perry, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 15 May 2007 2041 hrs

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has congratulated Dr Jose Ramos-Horta on his election as president of Timor-Leste.

In his letter, Mr Lee described the president's victory as "a testimony to the trust and confidence" that the people of Timor-Leste have in him.

He said Dr Ramos-Horta's previous roles, first as foreign affairs minister and later as prime minister, will stand him in good stead as he guides his young nation in the years ahead.

Mr Lee said the two countries enjoy excellent relations and he looks forward to working with the president to further strengthen their cooperation.

- CNA/so

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