France and East Timor


Bilateral relations

We have excellent relations with Timor-Leste. Xanana Gusmão, the President of Timor-Leste and José Ramos Horta, then Minister for Foreign Affairs, made visits to France (in 2003 and 2006). Timor-Leste’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr José-Luis Guterres, visited France in February 2007.

The French Ambassador in Jakarta has been accredited to Timor-Leste since December 2002 and a cooperation office (with an expatriate staff member) was opened in Dili.

Trade is very modest. Our cooperation focuses on promoting the rule of law (training of journalists, securing official buildings) in liaison with other donors, including multilateral ones (UNDP).
We are also active through European Union programmes.

Updated: 28.04.17