Press Release: U.S. Navy Seabees Complete 100th Construction Project in Timor-Leste

DILI, 23 June 2020 – U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, H.E. Ramos Horta, Education Minister Soares, Defense Minister Filomeno, and F-FDTL Chief of Staff Colonel Coliati celebrated the 100th project of the U.S. Navy Seabees in Timor-Leste.  Together, they cut the ribbon on a new 2-room classroom constructed by the Seabees built at the Fatumeta …

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Press Release:U.S. Embassy Dili provides disinfectant cleaning materials to help schools and clinics prevent COVID-19

Hundreds of schools and clinics stand to benefit  DILI, 08 June 2020 – The United States Embassy in Timor-Leste donated over 1,500 liters of concentrated disinfectant and a variety of cleaning materials to the Government of Timor-Leste’s Integrated Crisis Management Office as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project includes training materials on how to safely convert the …

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Press Release:United States’ Support for Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response Grows to $1.6 Million with new $500,000 funding for UNICEF Prevention Program

DILI, TIMOR-LESTE — The United States is investing $500,000 in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to prevent COVID-19 in Timor-Leste, U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick, USAID Mission Director Jim Wright and UNICEF Country Representative Valérie Taton said today in a presentation to the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Odete da Silva Viegas. …

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Press Release:U.S. Embassy Dili provides Timorese-made reusable masks to help thousands of children safely return to school 

15,000 children across three schools stand to benefit DILI, June 2 – The United States Embassy in Timor-Leste donated fifteen thousand Timorese-made reusable fabric masks to the Ministry of Education as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This comes as the Ministry of Education prepares for children to return to classrooms.  The donation will benefit thousands of school children and promote a safe and healthy learning environment. The reusable fabric masks were handed …

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Press Release: U.S. Embassy Dili assists in repatriation of several U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste is scheduled to assist in repatriating approximately 14 U.S. citizens to the United States on April 12. The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste have no greater priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. Due to the lack of commercial travel options, this …

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Press Release: United States Commits $1.1 Million to Help Timor-Leste Fight COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 9, 2020 Contact: USAID Development Outreach Communications Officer James Reindl, Email: jreindl@usaid.gov or Development Outreach Communications Specialist Cristóvão Fausto Guterres, 330-0500 ext. 2038, 7732-6213. Email: cguterres@usaid.gov. DILI, TIMOR-LESTE – The U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed $1.1 million to help the Government of Timor-Leste …

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Press Release: U.S. Embassy, the Government of Timor-Leste and Bayu-Undan Joint Ventures Honor Timorese Academic Exchange Program Scholars

More than 100 Timorese recipients of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship, the Fulbright-SERN Scholarship, the United States-Timor-Leste (USTL) Scholarship, and other programs received special recognition during a celebratory event at Timor Plaza on February 7, 2020. U.S. Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick joined the representative of Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais Minerals (ANPM), Mr Oscar …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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