Trip by H.S.H. Prince Albert II in East Timor : An ambitious policy for international cooperation

On Saturday 19 April, the Ruling Prince inaugurated a maternity clinic in Same, recalling with emotion that this facility “bears the name of the person who launched this initiative, my Father, Prince Rainier.”

He then emphasized that “this realization financed by the Monegasque Red Cross in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste and the Foundation for Post Conflict Development is the expression of Monaco’s will to be involved in humanitarian actions.” At the Prince’s request, funds dedicated to development will reach 0.7% of gross national income by 2015.The Ruling Prince then went to the Governor’s Palace to meet Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão. After this meeting, H.S.H. Prince Albert II announced that “diplomatic relations will soon be established between Timor-Leste and Monaco,” emphasizing that the Principality “will strive to satisfy the population’s urgent needs in educational, social and medical areas as in those concerning environmental protection.”

H.S.H. Prince Albert II then inaugurated a Youth Centre in the Bekora District. He stated that in a country where “half the population is made up of young people, this place is a strong symbol: it is the future of Timor-Leste.”

The Ruling Prince then went to Sarawak where He participated in a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. He stressed that “our two countries, despite the great geographical distance between them, have many points in common,” in particular “our commitment to preserve the Planet.”

On Sunday 20 April and in the morning of Monday 21 April, the Ruling Prince visited Gunung Mulu National Park where He discovered the amazing wealth of flora and fauna as well as exceptional natural caves.

On Tuesday 22 April in Singapore, H.S.H. Prince Albert will participate in particular in the ‘Champions of the Earth’ Gala organized by UNEP. He will receive this award for Europe.

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