Canberra Friends of Dili along with guests from across Canberra and the diplomatic corps recently took the opportunity to farewell the outgoing Timor Leste Ambassador, Abel Guterres and his wife, Ana Guterres. Dining at the Forrest Bowls Club, everyone expressed their appreciation and said “thank you” to Abel, Ana and their family, who for many years, worked very hard, and also generously hosted functions at the Timor Leste Embassy for their friends and supporters. With Abel now taking up the post of representing Timor Leste in Brunei, Ms Ines Maria Almeida has taken over as Timor Leste’s Ambassador in Canberra.
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