UK Government to reopen British Embassy in Timor-Leste

UK Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan for Indo Pacific visits Dili for announcement

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(International) Mudansa- The UK government will reopen the British Embassy in Timor-Leste, in a clear demonstration of the UK’s commitment to deepening and broadening our relationship with Timor-Leste. The announcement was made during a visit by UK Minister of State for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan to Dili on Friday, 1 March 2024.  Minister Trevelyan met with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and other interlocutors to discuss a broad range of issues relating to UK-TL bilateral relations.  Minister Trevelyan delivered a press statement on the reopening of the British Embassy in Dili.

UK Minister for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

“I am very pleased to return to Timor-Leste and delighted to share the exciting news of our intention to reopen an embassy in Dili. This will mark the next stage in our deepening bilateral relations, building on an intensification of the relationship over the last two years, including the visit by President Ramos-Horta to the UK in January 2024.

I am greatly looking forward to meeting the Prime Minister, our Timorese partners and international interlocutors to discuss the many ways in which the UK and Timor-Leste can partner together for a better world”.

UK Ambassador to Timor-Leste Dominic Jermey said:

“I am delighted that the UK has announced the intention to reopen its embassy in Timor-Leste. 24 years ago, I first established the UK Mission to the UN Transitional Administration to East Timor and I am proud that the UK is once again demonstrating the importance of our relationship with Timor-Leste through this new Embassy.

Our countries have long been friends and the UK has become home to the largest Timorese overseas diaspora. Our development, political and security priorities are aligned. We want to support Timor-Leste to continue developing as a stable and prosperous nation. And we will continue to support Timor-Leste’s progress in meeting the roadmap for its full membership of ASEAN. Obrigado!”

Notes to Editors:

Minister Trevelyan delivered a press statement on the reopening of the British Embassy in Dili on Friday, 1 March 2024 at the Prime Minister’s office, alongside PM Gusmão.


For further information please contact British Embassy Jakarta Media and Communications Team:

Head – Jeff Matthewman – +62 812 1091372

Deputy Head – Faye Belnis – +62 8118777 762

Press Statement 

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