In future, I hope this activity would be organized in some other areas of Timor Leste."
Surabaya (ANTARA News) - Former prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (RDTL) Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao visited patients at the Indonesian hospital ship KRI Dr Soeharso (KRI SHS)-990, which is on a health service mission.

Gusmao, who is currently serving as Timor Lestes Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment, greeted the patients on the first day of the health service (Jan. 30), Indonesias Eastern Fleet Command spokesman Lt Col Maman Sulaeman noted in a written statement received by ANTARA News on Monday.

"Shortly after the humanitarian mission was officially inaugurated by Director General of the Defense Forces of the Ministry of Defense Rear Admiral Agus Purwoto, more than 500 people were already present in the three waiting rooms set up as part of our health service mission," Sulaeman remarked.

In the framework of social service organized by the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia, which lasted until Monday (Feb. 1), several people were eager to undergo a health checkup.

In fact, some people had received a referral for a follow-up health check at the ship of KRI Soeharso.

On the occasion, Gusmao warmly greeted hundreds of patients and reviewed the facilities and medical services being offered as part of Indonesias health charity mission.

Speaking to reporters, Gusmao expressed gratitude to the Indonesian National Army and other supporting parties for organizing a health service mission for the people of Timor Leste.

"This mission would enhance the sound relations between the governments of Indonesia and Timor Leste. In future, I hope this activity would be organized in some other areas of Timor Leste," he stated.

Previously, Commander of Timor Lestes Defense Forces, Major General Lere Anan Timur, had welcomed the arrival of the Indonesian hospital ship KRI SHS in Timor Leste on January 30.

He lauded the health service mission, which involved experienced medical personnel, in an effort to strengthen the relationship and cooperation between Indonesia and Timor Leste.

Beside the KRI SHS, which serves as a hospital ship, the pier and hall at Dili harbor in Timor Leste was also being used to conduct various health programs under which the patients could receive initial treatment.

(Reported by Edy M Yakub/Uu.Y013/B/KR-BSR/F001)

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