Subject: Timor-Leste receives military trainings from Japan, Brazil

Xinhua General News Service

June 24, 2009 Wednesday 8:10 PM EST

Timor-Leste receives military trainings from Japan, Brazil

Dili June 24

Timor-Leste received training programs to enhance its police and military's activities from Japan and Brazil that would commence next year, Timor-Leste Defense Secretary Julio Thomas Pinto said here on Wednesday.

"I confirm you that the Timor-Leste government will send four people to undertake military training programs in Japan. Those people will be selected from F-FDTL troops and civilians,"Julio told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with a delegation of Japan Cooperation Division Ministry in Palacio Do Governo here.

According to the defense secretary, the sending of Timor-Leste military trainees was a result from the visit of Timor-Leste's Defense and Security Minister Xanana Gusmao to Japan on February.

"The training programs for F-FDTL in Japan will commence in 2010," Julio he said, adding that besides the initial training program, the Japanese government also pledged to continue trainings for Timor-Leste military for the following years.

Julio also said that the Brazilian government, through its embassy in Timor-Leste, accepted the government's request to provide training programs for Timor-Leste's police and F-FDTL.

The Brazilian government's assistance would cover education for the police and troops, human resources and the military developments.

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