The Australian government is pleased that Jose Ramos Horta is the new president of Timor Leste. They seem to think he is a moderate.
From the CPA’s Guardian
East Timor’s President José Ramos Horta again last week praised the humanitarian assistance his people are receiving from Cuba in the fields of medicine and education.
After pointing out that he had requested support from the governments of Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines to carry out development programs, he highlighted Cuba’s selfless assistance.
That collaboration will allow upgrading medicine in East Timor to a First World level by training doctors in Cuba, he said.
Over the past three years, a 350-strong Cuban medical brigade, made up of physicians and technicians, has been working in East Timor as well as teaching young doctors.
In addition, 500 East Timorese youths are studying medicine in Cuba, as part of a Cuban government-sponsored program that will allow East Timor to meet its public health needs by 2012.
Professors from Cuba are also contributing to the country’s literacy campaign by implementing the Cuban teaching method “Yo Si Puedo” (Yes, I Can).
In a previous meeting, Ramos Horta had said, “I thank Commander Fidel Castro for his leadership and his vision, which shows that, although our countries are distant, East Timor has always been one of his priorities in the field of medicine and health.“