PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island College had the honor of hosting a special guest Monday morning.
The Prime Minister of Timor Leste visited the campus to discuss relations between his country and Rhode Island.
Prime Minister, Rui Maria de Araújo wanted to “have our gratitude publicly manifested to the people of Rhode Island, particularly the Portuguese American Community, who in the past had supported struggle for liberation,” he explained Monday.
Timor Leste is a small country northeast of Australia. They gained independence in 2002, prior to that, the country was a Portuguese colony.
Rhode Island has the largest percentage of Portuguese residents of any state in the country.
The Prime Minister and former Prime Minister also went to meetings centered around the UN General Assembly in New York and congressional meetings in Washington D.C.