Alert:  U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (Sept. 23, 2019)

Alert:  U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (Sept. 23, 2019)  Location:  Road on either side of the new, southernmost bridge in Dili Event:  The U.S. Embassy is expanding its dangerous road advisory as a result of ongoing martial art gang incidents and subsequent police and military operations along Banana Road.  The new advisory covers the section of …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of new Restroom Facility at the Becora School of Hospitality and Tourism

Good morning. My respects to: 1) Major General Lere, Chief of Defense for the F-FDTL 2) Major General Ellwood, Commander of Australia’s 1st Division 3) Colonel Burnside, USINDOPACOM Policy Director for Southeast Asia Good morning.  I am happy to be here with all of you today to celebrate the construction of the new restroom facility …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of Harii Hamutuk 2019

Bon Dia. My respects to: 1) Major General Lere, Chief of Defense for the F-FDTL 2) Ambassador Roberts and Major General Ellwood 3) Colonel Yoichiro Rokutan, Chief of International Security Cooperation 4) Colonel Burnside, USINDOPACOM Policy Director for Southeast Asia honored guests; and participants of HARI’I HAMUTUK 2019. I will also like to acknowledge LTC …

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Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Visits Timor-Leste

On August 30 U.S. Assistant Secretary Stilwell and Ambassador Fitzpatrick met with President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo. President Lu-Olo expressed his support for the work of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation and other U.S. assistance in advancing a prosperous and democratic Timor-Leste. In the same day, Assistant Secretary Stilwell also met with Prime …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Launch of the U.S. Embassy Dili’s Marie Colvin Memorial English Journalism Scholarship

My respects to: Assistant Secretary Stilwell His Excellency Merício Juvinal dos Reis ‘Akara’, Secretary of State for Social Communication DLA Piper Delegation MA State Representative Tony Cabral, MA State Senator Marc Pacheco, Judge Phillip Rapoza and Dr. Iskander Rehman from the Pell Center Members of the Press I am honored to be in Timor-Leste as …

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Auction on September 7

NOTICE The Embassy of the United States of America will conduct a live auction.  Items for auction include furniture, appliances, household effects, electronics, vehicles, facilities equipment, and more.  DATE: Saturday, September 7, 2019 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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Alert: U. S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (July 17, 2019)

Alert: U. S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (July 17, 2019) Location: Road west of the new, southernmost bridge in Dili Event: The U.S. Embassy received several reports of after-dark incidents along the road west of the southernmost bridge in Dili. There appears to be an increasing number of youth fights in this area, and increasing reports …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Opening Remarks at the Trial Advocacy Symposium

My respects to Mr. Cancio Xavier, the Chief Public Defender, Mr. Augusto da Costa Castro, the Deputy Commissioner for Criminal Investigation, Mr. Alexandre Faustino Freitas, CAC Deputy Commissioner for Support and Cooperation Service, and our special guest today, Mr. Bruce Harvey, a well-known criminal defense attorney from Atlanta, Georgia. Good morning everyone and thank you …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Celebration of the U.S Independence Day

 Thank you to our guest of honor, His Excellency Fidelis Leite Magalhaes, Minister of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs. Our respects to members of the Timor-Leste government, the diplomatic corps, civil society members, and distinguished guests. Before I start, I’d like to introduce our new US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Elias Parra.  I know …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the House Democracy Partnership’s Technical Assistance Workshop

My respects to: Her Excellency Maria Angelina Lopes Sarmento, Vice President of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste; Members of Parliament; the Honorable Nick Rahall, former Congressmen from the U.S. state of West Virginia; the Honorable Erik Paulsen, former Congressmen from the U.S. state of Minnesota; Susan Epstein, retired official from the U.S. Congressional Research Service; …

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The 2019 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste: June 1, 2019 We are pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Dili is an official testing site for the 2019 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)! Registering for the FSOT is the first step in becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State.  The mission of an FSO – as a …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at USAID’s second International Conference of Emerging Tourism Destinations

My respects to His Excellency Dr. José Ramos-Horta; representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry and the Government of Timor-Leste; the Dili Institute of Technology; my USAID colleagues; distinguished speakers and guests.  Good afternoon. I am happy to join you today for the second International Conference of Emerging Tourism Destinations.  I would like …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Anti-Corruption and Financial Investigations Conference

Thank you and good morning everyone.  I am pleased to be here to help kick off this important anti-corruption training. I would like to extend our thanks to U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan from the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Bennett from the District of Utah. Thank you to Maria Sarmento, …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Press Statement after a meeting with Democratic Party Officials

I would like to thank Democratic Party President Mariano Assanami Sabino and senior PD officials for the opportunity to discuss ongoing cooperation between Timor-Leste and the United States of America. This cooperation covers a wide range of topics and supports one of Timor-Leste’s most important goals – the building of its democratic institutions. The United …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Ground-breaking Ceremony of National Health Institute

To the National Health Institute Director Antonio Bonito, Pacific Partnership Mission Commander Captain Randy Van Rossum, our partners in local and national government, community members, and of course, the F-FDTL CAS Engineers and the U.S. Navy Seabees.  Good afternoon. First, please join me in another round of applause for the members of the U.S. Navy …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Preventive Diplomacy

My respects to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation H.E. Dionisio Babo Soares, former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate H.E. José Ramos-Horta, Director General of ASEAN Affairs H.E. Ambassador Jorge Camões, H.E of Indonesia H.E. Ambassador Sahat Sitorus, H.E. Ambassador of New Zealand H.E. Ambassador Vicki Poole, …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of Pacific Partnership 2019

My respects to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation H.E. Dionisio Babo Soares, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of the Interior H.E. Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, General Commander of the Timor-Leste Defense Force Major General Lere Anan Timur, Pacific Partnership 2019 Senior Representative Mr. Joseph Martin, Pacific Partnership Mission Commander Captain Randy …

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Press Release: U.S. Naval Ship Fall River Arrives in Dili for Pacific Partnership 2019

U.S. Naval Ship (USNS) Fall River – a Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship – arrived at the Dili Port on April 22 as part of Pacific Partnership 2019. This will be the 7th time that Timor-Leste has hosted Pacific Partnership since the inaugural mission in 2006. It has evolved over the years from emphasis …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Sarlala Balibo Primary School

My respects to the Ministry Of Education District Director of Ainaro Celestino Magno Pereira, Sub-district Administrator Luis Casmiro Lopes, Maubisse School Coordinator Joao Maria Mendonca, Suco Chief Wilson Nivio Mendonca, our partners in local and national government, community members, and of course, the F-FDTL CAS and the U.S. Navy Seabees.  Good morning. I am happy …

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Press Release: Six Young U.S. Political Leaders Visit Timor-Leste for Exchange Program

U.S. Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick hosted a welcome reception on April 10, 2019 for six American delegates participating in an international political exchange to Timor-Leste organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) with support from the U.S. Department of State. The bipartisan delegation will explore politics, governance, and policy making in Timor-Leste …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Welcome Reception for the American Council of Young Political Leaders

Good afternoon. Welcome to this special reception in honor of a distinct group of young American political leaders. This group from the United States is here in Timor-Leste through a partnership between the Government of Timor-Leste and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), with support from the U.S. Department of State. First, I …

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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Launching Ceremony of Compact Development Team Timor-Leste

Bondia! My respects to His Excellency President of Parliament Arao Noe, Minister Fidelis Leite Magalhães and esteemed colleagues from across government, civil society, and the private sector. I would also like to acknowledge and welcome the Millennium Challenge Corporation team from Washington, DC, who are joining us for this most important event. Thank you for …

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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Closeout Ceremony for the Agribusiness Development Project Funded by USDA

Good afternoon. It is an honor to take part in this afternoon’s ceremony. My respects to Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, His Excellency Joaquim Jose Gusmão dos Reis Martins. I would like to acknowledge our friends from Café Cooperativa Timor (CCT) – general manager Mr. Sisto Moniz Piedade, Mr. Ross Brandon, and Mr. Bency Issac. …

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U.S. Embassy Dili Resident Legal Advisor David Lewen Remarks at RLA Welcome Reception

Thank you Ambassador Fitzpatrick for hosting this event and for that wonderful introduction. Good afternoon! My name is David Lewen and I’m from the United States of America. I’m very happy to be working in Timor-Leste. My respects to Deputy Prosecutor General Dr. Alfonso Lopez; CAC Commissioner Dr. Sergio Hornai, Ombudsman of Human Rights and …

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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Welcome Reception for U.S. Embassy Dili Resident Legal Advisor David Lewen

Good afternoon and welcome to this special reception for the U.S. Embassy’s new Resident Legal Advisor (RLA), David Lewen. I am pleased to introduce David to everyone here today. I also want to acknowledge David’s wife, Julie Lewen, who is here with us today. They have two wonderful children – Madeline and David Paul – …

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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the USAID Tourism for All PPP Forum

Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment Julião da Silva; Distinguished panelists and guests; Good Morning. It is my pleasure to open this half-day forum on public-private partnerships to grow tourism in Timor-Leste. USAID’s Tourism For All Project has organized a busy morning that will give everyone here a better understanding of Public-Private Partnerships …

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Introductory Remarks by Ambassador Fitzpatrick at the DOE/NNSA International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP)

Good morning. My name is Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste. I am honored to open this U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Outreach Workshop on International Nuclear Safeguards Agreements for Timor-Leste. I would like to give a very warm welcome to our visiting experts from the U.S. Department of Energy. My respects …

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Remarks by Chargé d’ Affaires Daniel R. Bischof at the 2018 Defense Language Institute American Language Course Graduation Ceremony

(as prepared for delivery) I am delighted to be here with you all today to celebrate the graduation ceremony of the Level One and Two American Language Course sponsored by the US Embassy and the US Indo-Pacific Command. This course was one of the most successful courses in the last several years, with F-FDTL sailors …

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Press Release: 27 Americans sworn in as Peace Corps Volunteers in Timor-Leste

Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Dulce de Jesus Soares joined U.S. Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick for a Peace Corps swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Embassy on December 13, 2018.  A group of 27 American citizens took the oath of service to become the fourth group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Timor-Leste since …

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Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Swearing in Ceremony of new Peace Corps Volunteers

(as prepared for delivery) Your Excellencies, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dioniso Babo Soares and Minister of Education Dulce Soares; Timor-Leste Peace Corps Country Director Kavita Pullapilly; distinguished guests, counterparts and friends. Thank you all for joining us here today for the swearing in of our new Peace Corps Volunteers.  I am very pleased …

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United States Government to Provide Estimated $26 Million in Support of Education and Nutrition in Timor-Leste

United States Government to Provide Estimated $26 Million in Support of Education and Nutrition in Timor-Leste  The United States Government through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected Timor-Leste as one of eight countries to receive funding this year from the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. After a highly competitive review …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

For Immediate Release Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually.  Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence.  The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and sexual violence to forced …

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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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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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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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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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STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON: The United States Congratulates Timor-Leste on Parliamentary Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 13, 2018 STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON The United States Congratulates Timor-Leste on Parliamentary Elections The United States congratulates the people of Timor-Leste for participating in peaceful and credible national parliamentary elections on May 12.  We commend the national election bodies for their …

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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 on the Opening Ceremony of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Training

Thank you and good morning everyone. I am pleased to be here to help kickoff this important training on criminal investigative techniques. This is the latest example of ongoing support from the American people to help strengthen capacity in Timor-Leste’s justice sector. The U.S. Embassy’s Resident Legal Advisor program has collaborated with Timor-Leste’s justice and …

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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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Millennium Challenge Corporation Visits Timor-Leste to Discuss New MCC Program

DILI, Timor-Leste, February 16, 2018 – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), including Robert Blau, Vice President for Compact Operations, Caroline Nguyen, Managing Director for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America, and Hana Freymiller, Country Team Lead, visited Timor-Leste this week to discuss the development of an MCC Compact to reduce …

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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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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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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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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 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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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