East Timorese-São-Tome relations
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East Timor and São Tomé and Príncipe are both former Portuguese colonies and members of the Community of Portuguese- Speaking Countries (CPLP). In addition, both countries are members of the g7 + states , an organization for mutual support and exchange of experience between countries that are considered politically unstable. East Timor has a leading role here.
While São Tomé and Príncipe was granted independence on July 5, 1975 after the Carnation Revolution in Portugal , the unilateral proclamation of East Timor's independence by FRETILIN on November 28, 1975 was initially not recognized by Portugal. São Tomé and Príncipe was one of only twelve nations that recognized East Timor as a state. A few days later, Indonesia began openly invading East Timor and occupied the country for 24 years.
Since East Timor's final independence in 2002, São Tomé and Príncipe and the Southeast Asian country have enjoyed friendly relations, especially under the CPLP.
During his visit in 2014, the East Timorese Parliament President Vicente da Silva Guterres promised a help of five million US dollars for the implementation of projects of the São Tomé parliament. A month later, East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão visited the African island state and pledged support in organizing the upcoming elections.
The Minister of the Interior of East Timor, Longuinhos Monteiro , brought police equipment with him when he visited São Tomé and Príncipe. The topics of the discussion round were cooperation in the areas of border control, police, reconnaissance and disaster control.
In 2017, the East Timorese Finance Minister Santina Cardoso visited São Tomé and Príncipe, accompanied by the Deputy Minister for State Administration Tomás Cabral and the Secretary General of the g7 +, Hélder da Costa .
Neither East Timor nor São Tomé and Príncipe have sent ambassadors to the other country.
For East Timorese there is no visa in São Tomé and Príncipe.
For 2018, the East Timor’s Statistical Office does not indicate any trade relations between East Timor and São Tomé and Príncipe.
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