Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the 9th Bilateral Defense Dialogue

Good afternoon. Thank you for your hard work and effort and making this year’s Bilateral Defense Dialogue successful. Thank you Brigadier Jenerál Falur Rate Laek for joining us and Colonel Coliati for hosting this BDD. Major General Vares-Lum, thank you for coming all the way from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii. I am ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (October 26 and 29, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (October 26 and 29, 2018) Location: In front of Parliament, centered on the park to the west of the National University Event: The Timor-Leste Students Movement (MUTL) have received permission to hold a protest against the purchase of new vehicles for Members of Parliament on Friday, October ...
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Auction on October 27

NOTICE The Embassy of the United States of America will conduct a live auction. Items for auction include furniture, appliances, household effects, electronics, forklift, facilities equipment, and more. DATE:            Saturday, October 27, 2018 TIME:             09:00 AM LOCATION:   Palm Business & Trade Center, Warehouse G Items may be viewed one day in advance on Friday, ...
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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at MCC Root Cause Analysis Workshop

Good morning! My respects to His Excellency Minister Fidelis Leite Magalhães and esteemed colleagues from across government, civil society, and the private sector. I am very pleased that the United States government chose Timor-Leste for a Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact, a large five-year grant program. As all U.S. government agencies in other countries, the MCC ...
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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Harii Hamutuk 2018 Closing Ceremony

To the senior representative of the Timor-Leste Defense Force, Lieutenant Colonel Haksolok (HACK-so-loke), Ambassador Roberts, Ambassador Minami, the soldiers of the Timor-Leste Defense Force, the Australian Defense Force, the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, and of course, the U.S. Navy Seabees and United States Marines.  Bondia. I am delighted to be here with you all ...
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STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON: U.S. Department of State and espnW Join Forces for the Seventh Annual Global Sports Mentoring Program

From September 24 to October 31, international sports leaders and American mentors in the sports sector across the country will take part in the annual U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP). In its seventh year, this professional development exchange supports the State Department’s ongoing efforts to empower women and girls around the world through ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Bischof Remarks at the Human Trafficking National Committee Forum

Thursday, September 20, 2018 My respects to the representatives from PNTL and F-FDTL. To our IOM hosts, colleagues from the Government of Timor-Leste, international organizations, and NGOs, it is an honor to welcome you to the National Community Forum on Human Trafficking. I want to tell you a story. Elly Anita, a young woman from ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Visits Timor-Leste to Continue Progress on Compact Development

DILI, Timor-Leste, July 23, 2018 – The Embassy of the United States of America in Timor-Leste welcomed the visit of a high-level delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on July 18-21. The high-level MCC delegation included Jonathan Brooks, Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America; Caroline Nguyen, Managing Director ...
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Auction on July 28

NOTICE The Embassy of the United States of America will conduct a live auction. Items for auction include furniture, appliances, vehicles, household effects, electronics, facilities equipment, and more. DATE: Saturday, July 28, 2018 TIME: 09:00 AM LOCATION: Palm Business & Trade Center, Warehouse G Items may be viewed one day in advance on Friday, July ...
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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Peace Corps “Celebration of Service”

Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commerce Ambassador Isilio Coehlo, other members of the Timor-Leste government, representatives of Timorese communities, Peace Corps, colleagues and friends, I am honored to be a part of today’s Peace Corps Celebration of Service. It is a great pleasure to see these amazing Peace Corps Volunteers here ...
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Ambassador Fitzpatrick Meets with Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak

Dili – On July 10, U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick met with Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak to congratulate him and his new government. The Prime Minister also received a personal letter of congratulations from President Trump. “We reaffirmed the valuable partnership between Timor-Leste and the United States of America and our desire to strengthen these ...
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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Pacific Angel 2018 Closing Ceremony

To His Excellency Minister of Foreign Affairs Aurelio Guterres, Minister of Health Rui Maria de Araujo, Chief of Defense Force Major General Lere Anan Timur, Brigadier General Woodrow, our partners in local & national government, community members, and of course, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). Bom dia. Thanks to all of you for joining ...
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Pacific Angel 2018 to Feature Humanitarian Assistance for Suai Residents

Preparations are underway for Pacific Angel 2018 (PAC ANGEL 18), a joint and combined regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement led by Pacific Air Forces. A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft arriving in Dili on June 6 will bring U.S. military personnel to conduct the exercise in Suai, Cova Lima Municipality from June ...
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Election Season Preparedness Alert – U. S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (May 4, 2018)

Location: Throughout Timor-Leste Event: The final week of the campaign season for the May 12 parliamentary election is beginning.  Political parties are planning large rallies, door-to-door campaigns, press conferences, and other events in Dili May 4-9. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens remain alert to the possibility of large announced and unannounced campaign activities in the days ...
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United States Continues to Support Free and Fair Elections in Timor-Leste

DILI – The United States Government, which has provided support for every democratic election in Timor-Leste since 2002, continues to promote the electoral process for the 2018 early election.  Assistance from the U.S. Mission in Timor-Leste – which includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, and others – focuses ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Release of the Annual Human Rights Report

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2018 Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Release of the Annual Human Rights Report Today, the State Department released its 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. This annual report evaluates the human rights records of 199 countries ...
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Change of Charge for U.S. Navy SEABEE Detachment in Timor-Leste

Dili – The U.S. Navy Seabees have been a visible sign of U.S. cooperation with Timor-Leste since 2009. Their work continues without pause as one detachment departs and another arrives in Timor-Leste. U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four (NMCB4) officially ended their tour on April 9, 2018. NMCB5 – the incoming U.S. Navy Seabees Detachment ...
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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Maritime Police Unit Pier

To His Excellency Minister of Defense and Security Jose Agustinho Somotxo, local & national government partners, community members, and of course, the U.S. Navy Seabees. Good morning. I am happy to be here with all of you today for the official opening of the Maritime Police Unit’s brand new small boat pier. The pier is ...
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U.S. Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Uma Kaduak Health Clinic

To His Excellency Vice Minister of Health Luis Lobato, Secretary to the Manatuto District Administrator Agripino Costa, our partners in local & national government, community members, and of course, the U.S. Navy Seabees.  Bom dia. I am happy to be here with all of you today on behalf of the United States Embassy in Timor-Leste ...
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U.S. Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks to STEM Students at FINANTIL High School

My respect to Finantil High School director and SESIM coordinator Curt “Gabriel” Gabrielson. Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. I am proud to learn about your studies. I know everyone here today cares about STEM education. That’s why you are here. The reasons are simple. We all know that STEM education is ...
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U.S. Ambassador-Designate Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Arrives in Dili

Dili – Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick arrived in Dili on Wednesday, January 17 to take up her duties as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Isilio Coelho, Director General for Bilateral Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC), joined U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Bischof to receive ...
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Remarks by Kathleen Fitzpatrick on Her Swearing-In Ceremony as U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste

December 22, 2017 Burns Auditorium, Department of State Thank you, Under Secretary Shannon. Welcome to Ambassador Alves of Timor-Leste, INR Assistant Secretary Ambassador Dan Smith, Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton – soon to be or is, actually, the nominee as Assistant Secretary for the East Asia and Pacific Bureau – and other senior officials and ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors Selects Timor-Leste for New Compact

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2017 – At its quarterly meeting on December 19, 2017, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors selected Timor-Leste for an  MCC compact– MCC’s five-year grant program designed to spur economic growth and reduce poverty. “I am pleased to announce new partnerships with Timor-Leste through MCC’s compact program,” said ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Intellectual Property Rights Protection in Timor-Leste

Dili – U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste Karen Stanton gave opening remarks at the inaugural Timor-Leste Trademark Dialogue on December 1 at Timor Plaza. Hosted by the International Trademark Association (INTA), the one-day workshop included officials from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and the National Police (PNTL) as well as local ...
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U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton Remarks at International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademark Dialogue

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Good morning and welcome to this inaugural Timor-Leste Trademark Dialogue.  On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank the International Trademark Association for hosting this event which includes officials from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and the PNTL.  I would also like ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Mt. Agung Volcano Eruption November 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that Mt. Agung, an active volcano in Bali, Inodnesia, erupted on November 21 and November 25 and is currently emitting significant ash.  The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation has raised the alert level to Level 4, its highest.  As of November 27, the ash cloud has ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to ...
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2017 U.S. Embassy Holiday Card Contest

Are you good at using computers to make art? Enter our Holiday Card Competition for a chance to design the U.S. Embassy’s official holiday card and win an iPad! Here are some important things to know about the contest: – The design should celebrate the holiday season and not be specific to any religious celebration ...
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Chargé d’affaires Daniel Bischof Remarks on The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Sidara Health Clinic

Good morning.  I am happy to be here with all of you today to re-open the upgraded Sidara Health Clinic in Hera Suco.  I would like to thank the Ministry of Health, the U.S. Seabees, the U.S. Marines, and the Australian Defense Force for their collaboration in this effort. Working together, we’ve made necessary repairs ...
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Another Successful Year for Harii Hamutuk

The closing ceremony for Harii Hamutuk – an annual military exercise that showcases the hard work and collaboration of engineers from the Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) and partner nations – took place on 7 November 2017 at the Metinaro Military Base.  In its fifth year, the exercise brought together engineers from Timor-Leste, Australia, the United ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program (DV) 2019

The 2019 Diversity Visa website is currently down for maintenance. Due to technical issues, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended, and all enrollments made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted. The new entry period for DV-2019 will open for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton Remarks on the Swearing-in Ceremony of Peace Corps Volunteers

Your Excellency Dr. Ramos-Horta, thank you for your continued support for the Peace Corps; Timor-Leste Country Director Kavita Pullapilly; distinguished guests, counterparts and volunteers, good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy I am pleased that you could all join us here today to share this special moment. Peace Corps volunteers reflect the very highest ...
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U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates the Vatobou Health Clinic with U.S. NAVY Seabees

Vatobou – U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste Karen Stanton and the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three, also known as the Seabees, officially inaugurated the Vatobou Health Clinic in Liquiçá District at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28.  With support from the Ministry of Health, the Seabees worked for more than three months to construct the facility, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton Remarks on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Vatobou Health Clinic

Good morning. I am happy to be here with all of you today to inaugurate the newest addition to Liquiçá District: the Vatobou Health Clinic. I would like to thank the Ministry of Health, USAID, and the Seabees for their collaboration in building this clinic, which will provide health care for more than 5,000 residents. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Bischof Remarks on Avansa Agrikultura Project’s “Farmer Field Day”

Good morning and welcome honored guests to the Avansa Agrikultura Project’s “Farmer Field Day.” I am pleased to be here with you to celebrate the third time that this event has been held in Timor-Leste. It is a remarkable opportunity for Timorese farmers to connect with input suppliers to learn about new practices and technologies. ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts 5th Annual Continuing Judicial Development Seminar

Dili – The U.S. Mission in Timor-Leste hosts the 5th Annual Continuing Judicial Development Seminar from August 28-30, 2017 at Hotel the Ramelau. This year’s seminar features the Honorable Bernice B. Donald, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  The seminar is an opportunity for American and Timorese judicial officials to share ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Student Demonstrations in Dili

United States Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste Demonstrations by student groups took place near the National Parliament and University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) on August 17 and August 21 despite the Government of Timor-Leste denying authorization for the demonstrations. It is likely that there will be continued protest activities in this area. Official U.S. personnel have been instructed ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Bischof Remarks on the graduation Ceremony of American English Language Course

To the Chief of the Defense Cabinet (Chefe da Gabinete do Estado Maior da F-FDTL) Colonel Trix; honored guests; teachers; and of course, to the graduates of the American English Language Course, good morning and welcome to today’s ceremony. I’m proud to be with you today and to celebrate the hard work that you’ve put ...
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United States and Timor-Leste Complete CARAT 2017

The United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Forsa Defesa Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) and PNTL recently concluded the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which was held from July 31  until August 4, 2017. “CARAT demonstrates America’s commitment to peace and stability of the region, and the value that the United States places on partnerships, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton Remarks on the Closing Ceremony of CARAT 2017

Chief of Staff Falur, Captain Baughman, Superintendent PNTL Maritime Commander, we are glad to see you here, Colleagues from the Attache corps, Sailors, Marines and Fuzileiros, Bom Dia. I am pleased be here to mark the successful completion of CARAT 2017. (Speaking in Tetum) In its fifth year in Timor-Leste, the exercise continues to strengthen the ...
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The United States Congratulates Timor-Leste on Parliamentary Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Timor-Leste for holding peaceful national parliamentary elections on July 22.  This achievement represents another major milestone in Timor-Leste’s young democracy.  We applaud all political parties for their participation and look forward to working with the new government.  We commend Timor-Leste’s national election bodies for leading an electoral process ...
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U.S. President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Next U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

On July 19, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick of the District of Columbia to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Ms. Fitzpatrick, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American ...
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UNITED STATES SUPPORTS OBSERVERS FOR TIMOR-LESTE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

DILI, TIMOR-LESTE – The United States – through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its civil society partners – is providing support for close to 1,000 domestic and international observers spread across Timor-Leste to monitor parliamentary Election Day activities on July 22. USAID’s Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) will field ...
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Dili Model United Nations 2017

This past weekend,  Dili Model United Nations  2017 helped youth in Timor-Leste gain a deeper understanding of multilateral diplomacy while improving their negotiation and leadership skills. Participants formed committees and passed resolutions on various global issues such as security, human rights, and environmental protection. Congratulations to all of the delegates and thanks to all of the partners who helped ...
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U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton Remarks at the Celebration of the U.S. Independence Day, 2017

President of the Court of Appeals, Vice Foreign Minister Soares, Distinguished guests, Friends and colleagues, Tonight we gather together to remember the day, 241 years ago, when America’s founders came together to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the principle that all people have the right to choose how and by ...
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Maritime survey of Timor-Leste’s coasts released

On Wednesday, June 29 the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially handed over its five-year survey entitled Interdisciplinary Baseline Ecosystem Assessment Surveys to Inform Ecosystem-Based Management Planning in Timor-Leste to Timor-Leste’s Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry.  The final report shows that Timor-Leste’s marine areas have high biodiversity, but overfishing has led to less big ...
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The USA provides training on HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Program to F-FDTL

On Wednesday June 21st, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Program (DHAPP) with assistance with Church World Services, held a three-day workshop for 13 selected F-FDTL members to be new facilitators regarding health issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention, reproductive health, and sexually transmitted diseases. This training will equip new facilitators with the knowledge ...
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USA co-hosted with PNTL and Australia the 2017 Investigators Conference

On Wednesday, May 24, the U.S. Mission in Timor-Leste co-hosted the 2017 Investigators Conference entitled “Unifying the Justice Sector and Law Enforcement in Timor-Leste,” together with the PNTL and the Australian-supported Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) at Beach Garden Hotel in Pantai Kelapa, Dili. The three-day conference aims to increase the use of the PNTL Incident ...
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3R group in Timor-Leste organizes Earth Day fair in Dili

#3RinTimorLeste group organizes Earth Day fair in Dili: Participants in the Embassy-sponsored #3RinTimorLeste group organized together with 12 Timorese and international partner organizations an Earth Day fair on Saturday, April 22 at the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport with the theme of sustainable environmental practices and waste management.  The #3RinTimorLeste group is made ...
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U.S. Embassy co-hosted HeForShe event with UN, the Australian Embassy and the Korean Embassy

#HeForShe Event: The Embassy was proud to partner with the UN, the Australian Embassy, the Korean Embassy, and several partner organizations to organize the launch last week of the #HeForShe campaign in Timor-Leste at Timor Plaza on March 10th in an effort to up-end gender stereotypes in Timor-Leste and put forward positive role models for young ...
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Office of the Prime-Minister and the United States Embassy in Timor-Leste Co-host Maritime Authority Seminar

DILI–Timor-Leste and the United States will be co-hosting a Maritime Authority Seminar in Dili at the Ministry of Defense/F-FDTL Headquarters Auditorium from 22-24 February, with the goal of supporting a sustainable and effective national maritime authority in Timor-Leste. The three-day conference is an initiative between the Office of the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates New U.S. Navy Seabees project at Manleuana Primary School

Dili – On Wednesday, March, 22nd, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton joined the school officials and the F-FDTL to inaugurate a new wing at the Manleuana Primary School. The new building was constructed from November 2016 to March 2017 by the U.S. Navy Seabees detachment in Timor-Leste in partnership with F-FDTL engineers. The new four-room ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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U.S. Mission hosts 2017 Annual Expo “Amérika ho Timor-Leste: Hamutuk Dezenvolve Futuru”

Dili – On Saturday, January 21st, the U.S. Mission in Timor-Leste hosted its annual Expo 2017 entitled “Amérika ho Timor-Leste Hamutuk Dezenvolve Futuru” at Timor Plaza in Dili. The expo aimed to showcase the U.S. commitment to the development of Timor-Leste and strengthen the bonds between the American and Timorese people. The expo featured 18 ...
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U.S. Embassy Dili and UNTL co-launch UmaAmerika

On Wednesday, November 16, Ambassador Karen Stanton joined Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) Rector Francisco Miguel Martins to inaugurate Timor-Leste’s first American Space, ‘UmaAmerika’ at the main campus of UNTL in Dili. UmaAmerika is a center devoted to sharing American culture, fostering innovation and open exchange of information between the U.S. and Timor-Leste. Uma Amerika ...
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Harii Hamutuk Exercise 2016 Officially Ended

On November 3rd, U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton joined Japan Ambassador Yeiji Yamamoto, Australia Deputy Head of Mission Angela Robinson and F-FDTL Deputy Commander Filmeno Paixao at the closing ceremony of Harii Hamutuk 2016. F-FDTL Deputy Commander Paixao praised Exercise Harii Hamutuk 2016’s efforts to enhance F-FDTL’s engineering unit skills. Meanwhile, Ambassador Karen Stanton emphasized that ...
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U.S. Embassy organizes KLABIS forum

U.S. Embassy organizes KLABIS forum for local media on conflict and dispute-sensitive reporting. On October 26th, U.S. Embassy Dili hosted the quarterly ‘KLABIS’ media forum at the Embassy, focusing on best practices in reporting about conflict and disputes within local communities. Guest speaker Christopher W. Moore, Ph.D., who has worked as a professional mediator in ...
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Harii Hamutuk 2016

Harii Hamutuk 2016. Brigadier General Stephen Curda, Commanding General of the 9th Mission Support Command in Fort Shafter, Hawaii visited Timor-Leste from October 23rd to 25th in order to visit U.S., Australian, Japanese and F-FDTL forces participating in Exercise Harii Hamutuk 2016. Curda directly observed multilateral military security cooperation in Timor-Leste that aims to enhance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Timor-Leste regarding the risk of Zika virus infection. Zika virus is potentially endemic in Timor-Leste. The risk of Zika to travelers, especially pregnant women, in endemic countries is likely lower (but not zero) than in areas where Zika is newly ...
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Preparations underway for Exercise Harii Hamutuk 2016

Engineers from F-FDTL, Australia and the United States militaries, and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force are preparing to conduct Exercise Harii Hamutuk from 3 October to 4 November 2016. During the Exercise, the engineers will complete infrastructure development projects at the Hera and Metinaro military bases, as well as in the Metinaro community area. Members ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Toxic Fish Being Sold in Dili

This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Timor-Leste that toxic fish are being sold in Dili. Local authorities have detained several individuals for smuggling fish into Timor-Leste to sell. The fish was heavily coated with formaldehyde, which is highly toxic, and then soaked in pig’s blood to create ...
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Be an Active Voter by Taking the Necessary Steps to Vote in the 2016 U.S. Elections and Participating in Absentee Voting Week!

In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10. For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 10. In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

This message is being issued to remind U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Timor-Leste that Sunday, September 11, 2016, represents the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While there is no current threat information that indicates that U.S. interests in Timor-Leste are being targeted, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind all U.S. citizens ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste

Interested in Being a U.S. Diplomat? Then Don’t Miss the Foreign Service Officer Test! The next opportunity to join the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat) will be in January 2017. The computer-based Foreign Service Officer exam will be offered at the U.S. Embassy in Dili on Saturday January 28, 2017 at ...
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USDA Officers Visited Timor-Leste

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Visit: USDA officers visited Timor-Leste August 2-9 to monitor the $6.2 million project that is increasing farming and creating value chains for high-value crops in four districts of the country.  Joined by Political and Economic Chief Lucy Gillers, the group traveled to Lautem, the country’s easternmost district, and spoke with ...
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U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton Visits Gleno Health Center to see the Pacific Partnership Multinational Medical Service

On June 15th, U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton and the Mission team paid a visit to the Gleno Health Center to see the Pacific Partnership multinational medical team in action! Every day from June 13-17, 250 medical personnel from the USNS Mercy went Gleno to treat hundreds of patients from the Ermera region in dentistry, general ...
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Gleno Community Health Engagement

In partnership with local authorities in Gleno, Municipality of Ermera, the Ministry of Health & F-FDTL, multinational staff from Pacific Partnership will join Timorese health workers to provide free health education and health services to the people of the region, on a first come, first serve basis from June 13-17 from 0930-1500 every day at ...
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Ambassador Stanton and Vice Minister of Health, Ana Isabel Soares launch USAID’s Hakbi’it Basic Health Services Project

On June 7th, Ambassador Stanton joined Vice Minister of Health, Ana Isabel Soares to launch USAID’s Hakbi’it Basic Health Services Project, known as “USAID’s Hakbi’it Project”. This $8.5 million, five-year project will strengthen institutional and human capacity to improve the lives of Timor-Leste’s citizens through increased capacity to deliver responsive services at both national and ...
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Ambassador Karen C. Stanton Remarks to the Inaugural Meeting of the Interagency Working Group on Human Trafficking

Good morning.  Bon dia. I am very pleased to be here today to meet with you to discuss combatting trafficking in persons.  On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the Government of Timor-Leste for holding this inaugural meeting of the Trafficking Working Group, and especially thank the Prime Minister for his ...
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Licensing agreement signed with National Broadcaster to broadcast VOA content

Licensing agreement signed with National Broadcaster to broadcast VOA content: Following the signing of the agreement with the Broadcasting Board of Governors on April 6th, Embassy Dili handed over codes that will permit the national state radio and television broadcaster, RTTL, to broadcast Voice of America content, which will greatly expand international news coverage, educational ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Scale Demonstration Planned in Dili

Please be aware that there is a potentially large-scale demonstration planned in Dili for February 23 in front of the Australian Embassy on Comoro Road.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that American citizens avoid the area on the day of the protest and remain alert to the possibility of unannounced demonstrations in the days surrounding the ...
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Ambassador Stanton visits to Dom Bosco Training Center

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Ambassador Karen Stanton and the Seabees visited the Don Bosco Training Center in Comoro, Dili where she met with the administration, toured the facilities, reviewed past assistance projects to the center and interacted with local students who are some of the 200 Timorese youth are trained there annually in various ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scuba Diving in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste’s diverse marine life and pristine reefs make scuba diving a popular pastime. The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens who engage in scuba diving in Timor-Leste that there is no hyperbaric chamber in the country for the treatment of decompression sickness – a very serious diving injury. The closest hyperbaric chambers are ...
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U.S. Embassy provides support to ARKTL

On January 25th, U.S. Embassy PAO, Scott Hartmann joined the President of the Association of Community Radio-ARKTL, Prezario Ximenes at the opening of the second round of online media training with 10 Community Radio journalists. U.S. Embassy is providing support to ARKTL to conduct the training sessions this year with 32 journalists from 16 Community ...
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Exercise Crocodilo

At 1000 on 24 November 2015, a joint-combined force of F-FDTL Naval Component Fusilero, F-FDTL Land Component Soldiers and US Marines conducted an amphibious assault and cleared a Timorese seaside village harboring enemy insurgents. Albeit a training scenario utilizing blank ammunition, this bilateral military engagement between US Marines and the F-FDTL demonstrates the strong military ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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Pacific Angel 2015 Brings Together U.S., New Zealand and Timorese Defense Forces for Joint Operation, Free Medical Clinic for People of Baucau

From September 7-14, the U.S., New Zealand and Timor-Leste jointly participated in Pacific Angel 2015, with the aim of simulating a joint humanitarian operation, organizing a free medical clinic for the people of Baucau and upgrading key facilities in the local region that would be used in case of a humanitarian operation. These events are ...
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U.S. Navy Seabees Complete Bridge for Local Community in Ermera

The Seabees completed two suspended cable bridges in Leimea, Hatolia subdistrict (Ermera District) spanning 50 and 102 meters in length in order to provide access to food, health, and medical services which are inaccessible during the rainy season. Chargé d’Affaires Katherine Dueholm attended the formal ribbon cutting and gave remarks at a ceremony attended by ...
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United States Embassy hosts 3rd Annual Continuing Judicial Development Seminar

U.S. Embassy Dili hosted the 3rd Annual Continuing Judicial Development Seminar in Dili, from August 26-28, 2015, with a special focus on judicial opinion writing, case management, ethics, other legal issues, as well as several case studies. This seminar, facilitated by U.S. Embassy’s Resident Legal Advisor Glenn Alexander and visiting U.S. Federal District Judges Timothy ...
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Community Dialogue in Oecusse on the Domestic Violence Law

On August 19th , Embassy staff traveled to Oecusse and observed a community dialogue on the domestic violence law hosted by Forum Peduli Wanita Oecusse with support from the Ambassador’s Small Grant Program. Residents of Suco Bobometo joined the PNTL, Public Defender and a legal expert from JNJ Advocasia to discuss the causes of domestic ...
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United States Conducts Counter-Narcotics Training with the Office of the Prosecutor General of Timor-Leste

From August 12-14, 2015, the U.S. Embassy’s Resident Legal Advisor Glenn Alexander hosted a counter-narcotics seminar with prosecutors from the Office of the Prosecutor General at the Timor Plaza Hotel in Dili. The training session covered all aspects of narcotics investigation and prosecution, including undercover investigations, the use of informants, case studies, and included blocks ...
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US Navy Seabees building “Bridges to Prosperity” in Leimia, Ermera District

U.S. Navy Seabees from the Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) Timor-Leste, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five (NMCB-5) continue to support infrastructure improvement efforts throughout the country. Their latest project involves the construction of two cable foot bridges in Leimia, Ermera District, an area that becomes isolated during the rainy season from the rest of the ...
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Commemoration of a Belated World Drug Day

On Tuesday, July 14th, the U.S. Embassy’s political section chief Lucy Gillers joined PNTL General Julio Hornai to commemorate a belated World Drug Day at the PNTL headquarters in Caicoli, Dili. Nearly 500 students attended the event, entitled “Say no to drugs.” The U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with several regional and international partners, is supporting ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Scale Demonstration Planned in Dili

A large demonstration by veteran and youth groups may take place in the Lecidere area of Dili from Monday, June 22 to Sunday, June 28 despite the Government of Timor-Leste denying authorization for the demonstration.   Official U.S. personnel have been advised to avoid traveling in Largo de Lecidere and protest areas during the demonstration.  U.S. ...
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United States and UNODC Conducts International Border Interdiction Training for PNTL and Indonesian Law Enforcement Agencies

On Tuesday, June 9th, The United States Government, in partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opened a four-day training workshop on International Border Interdiction for the Border Patrol Unit of the National Police of Timor-Leste in Dili. The International Border Interdiction training includes sessions on behavioral analysis, document analysis, vehicle and ...
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp’s Visit to Timor-Leste

Ambassador Stephen Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, visited Timor-Leste May 22-23rd. During the short visit, Ambassador Rapp met with government officials and representatives from a number of local NGOs. He also visited Timor Leste’s Resistance Museum and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR), all in an effort to better understand the ...
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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry On the Occasion of Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my sincere wishes and congratulations to the people of Timor-Leste as you celebrate your 13th anniversary of Independence. The world rejoices to see Timor-Leste continue developing as a democratic nation. We congratulate you on the recent peaceful government transition, when President Taur Matan Ruak ...
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Ambassador Stanton with Timor-Leste Border Patrol Unit (UPF) and Indonesian border officials on a follow-up Border Liaison Conference

On April 15, 2015, Ambassador Stanton joined Superintendent of PNTL, Natircia Martins, and UNODC to open a follow-up Border Liaison Conference between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. UNODC received $1.1 million dollars from the United States to implement its Strengthening Land Border Control project. The goals of this project are: to increase capacity in border control, customs, and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Messaging System

To better serve U.S. citizens living and traveling in Timor-Leste, the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste is testing a new system for delivering routine, security, and emergency messages. We would appreciate your assistance in ensuring that the messages are delivered and ask that you please reply to this message by emailing consdili@state.gov  to confirm receipt. We also ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Government of Timor-Leste Immigration Operation

The Government of Timor-Leste has advised the U.S. Embassy in Dili that the Immigration Services of the Ministry of the Interior will be conducting an operation that may include setting up checkpoints and spot checks of identification, particularly for foreign residents and visitors. Although the Embassy has no other information at this time, we advise ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Security Concerns in Baucau

United States Embassy Dili continues to monitor reports of increased security concerns in Baucau district including an attack on the Baguia police station on March 8. For the Embassy’s U.S. personnel, travel to the Baucau district is strictly limited and travel to the Laga and Baguia sub-districts of Baucau is prohibited. U.S. citizens likewise should ...
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Ambassador Karen C. Stanton: Speech during the National Youth Forum and the Launching of “My Adventures” Comic Books for Good Governance and Peacebuil

Welcome everyone to the opening of the fourth National Youth Forum and the launch of “My Adventures” Comic Books. It’s important that you, the leaders of tomorrow, meet and discuss issues of importance to you. The U.S. Embassy is proud to provide that opportunity. But these discussions are only useful if they spur action when ...
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Security Message for U.S. citizens: Ongoing Security Concerns in Baucau

United States Embassy Dili continues to monitor reports of increased security concerns in Baucau district.  For the Embassy’s U.S. personnel, travel to the Baucau district is strictly limited and travel to the Laga sub-district of Baucau is prohibited.  U.S. citizens likewise should use caution if travelling to the Baucau district and avoid the Laga sub-district.  ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. citizens: Developing Security Concerns in Baucau

United States Embassy Dili continues to receive and monitor reports of increased security concerns in the Baucau district, including the kidnapping of police officers on Thursday, January 15.  Travel to and through Baucau is restricted for official U.S. personnel until Wednesday, January 21.  U.S. citizens should reconsider travel to the Baucau district.  U.S. citizens in ...
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Ambassador Stanton traveled from West (Oecusse) to East

Only 1 week after her arrival to Dili, Timor-Leste Ambassador Stanton traveled from West (Oecusse) to East. She participated in a ceremony along with the His Excellency, President of The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, to provide seedlings to the residents of Lautem as part of a project promoting economic growth in the ...
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Ambassador Stanton’s Swearing-in Speech

Thank you, Under Secretary Kennedy, not only for your kind remarks, but also for your support for me over the years and in particular for the part you played in furthering my nomination. I am also deeply grateful to President Obama and Secretary Kerry for the honor and privilege of representing my country as Ambassador ...
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