Telephone Conversation between Foreign Minister Aso and Timor Leste’s President Gusmao

April 5, 2007

  1. In the afternoon on April 5 (Thu), Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a telephone conversation with Mr. Xanana Gusmao, President of Timor Leste.
  2. In the conversation, Mr. Aso said that he expected that the presidential election scheduled for April 9 (Mon) would be held fairly and smoothly, and told the President that Japan had dispatched an election observer mission.  He also showed his expectation that the Government of Timor Leste would make further efforts for the improvement of security, and told that Japan would continue to extend as much assistance as possible for the country’s nation-building.  Mr. Aso then told the President that this afternoon in Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, Japan, together with the U.S.A., Portugal, New Zealand, and the European Commission, issued a joint press statement containing their expectations for a successful presidential election.
  3. President Gusmao expressed his profound gratitude to Mr. Aso’s phone call and to Japan’s assistance including that for the democratization process.  He also said that he would make his best efforts so that the election would be held in a peaceful manner as expected in the international community including Japan.