Subject: Kirsty Gusmao visits Indonesian bazaar in Dili
The Jakarta Post [web site]
May 30, 2010
Kirsty Gusmao visits Indonesian bazaar in Dili
Dili, E Timor (ANTARA News) - East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana
Gusmao`s wife, Kirsty S Gusmao, looked enthusiastic about the 2010
Indonesian Charity Bazaar held at the Indonesian embassy here Saturday.
She called the bazaar as the real form of Indonesia-Timor Leste`s
Coming along with her three children, Kirsty said the bazaar had brought
her back to Jakarta, the capital city where she had ever stayed for
"I learned Indonesian language thirty years ago because it was taught at
high schools in Australia. This bazaar has reminded me of the past
time," she said.
During her presence at the bazaar venue, Kirsty visited every booth
which featured various Indonesian products, including handicrafts, foods
She even bought some Batik clothes. "These are for my younger sister. I
like Batik and I am choosing the Batiks that fit her," she said.
Inside the bazaar ground, Kirsty also ordered a bowl of Indonesian
meatballs. "I also remember chicken porridge. It is so delicious," she
said in fluent Indonesian language.
Indonesian Ambassador to East Timor Eddy Setiabudhi said the bazaar
reflected the strengthening bilateral ties of the two countries.
"Our friendship with East Timor has increasingly strengthened. The
understanding of respective cultures is also better and needs to be
pushed forward," he said.
Kirsty said she was handling some social, educational and health
programs for the sake of better welfare of the East Timorese.
The educational, health and social sectors became part of the East
Timorese government`s present and future priorities, she said.
Compared to several years ago, the situation of East Timor has been
better in which various development projects were being built.
Two of the development projects were the constructions of the Dili
International Expo complex and extension of facilities of the President
Nicolao Lobato International Airport.
Kirsty said the social dimensions of those development projects also
need serious attention.
Lots of young Timorese people studied and continued their study in the
capital of Dili.
Besides studying in Dili, about 5,000 East Timorese students also
pursued their higher education at various Indonesian universities, she
"Education is so important for supporting East Timor`s progress and
development. We work so hard to make our education better," she added.
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