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Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With Timor-Leste's Minister of Defense Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus

July 31, 2020

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke with his Timor-Leste counterpart, Minister of Defense Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus.  Both leaders offered sympathies to those affected by COVID-19 in the United States and Timor-Leste.  Secretary Esper commended Timor-Leste’s success in controlling the spread of COVID-19, and Minister Filomeno conveyed Timor-Leste’s gratitude to the United States for allocating $2.4 million in COVID-19 relief funding.  Secretary Esper and Minister Filomeno also discussed bilateral defense priorities, including military exercises, security cooperation funding for Baucau Airport, and Timor-Leste’s partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard.