U.S. Ambassador-Designate to Timor-Leste Kevin Blackstone swearing in ceremony remarks (January 6, 2021)

I would like to offer a few words about the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Forged as a new democracy just over 20 years ago, Timor-Leste has already set a fine example for others in its robust democratic institutions, journalistic freedom, and its resilience to adversity. As I have read and learned more in recent months …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elias Parra Remarks at the Launching of the Civil Society Sustainability Index (CSOSI) Report for Timor-Leste

Good morning and welcome. I would like to give special thanks to Belun for organizing this event today to commemorate this important occasion: the launch of the first Civil Society Organizations Sustainability Index, or CSOSI Report, for Timor-Leste. The CSOSI is an annual index that reports on the strength and overall viability of the civil-society …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elias Parra Remarks at Marie Colvin Memorial English Journalism Scholarship Graduation

My respects to: The Chief of Staff of  Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication, Mr. Jorge Gama President of the Press Council, Mr. Virgilio Guterres I am glad to be here to honor these graduates, to honor your work, and to honor the memory of Marie Colvin.  Thank you very much for joining me …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elias Parra Remarks at YSEALI YOUnified Event: “HEAR ME TOO, No One Left Behind”

My respects to: Bella Galhos Good afternoon.  I’m delighted to be here today. I would first like to congratulate our YSEALI members for arranging this seminar.  Some of you may have heard me say it before, but we at the U.S. Embassy are always impressed with the energy and insightfulness of the individuals in our …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elias Parra Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of Embassy’s Alumni-Led Leadership Training Based on Theory-U Method

My respects to: Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, H.E. Mr. Abrao Saldanha Good morning everyone, In September, Ambassador Fitzpatrick had the honor of participating in the beginning of the Mission Driven Alumni Outreach program.  During the competition, we were both impressed with the vision and creativity that the teams displayed.  The teams developed …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elias Parra Remarks at Closing ceremony of Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach program

Good evening. My respects to: Virgilio Guterres, President of the Press Council Joao Saldanha, President of Joao Saldanha University It’s a pleasure to join you all today for the closing ceremony of our Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach program.  We are delighted to be here to celebrate the conclusion of four excellent youth-led projects.  I’d like to …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at USAID Reinforce Basic Health Service End-of-Activity Conference

My respects to:  Your Excellency, Dr. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Minister of Health Dr. Odete da Silva Viegas, Director General for Services Delivery Ms. Domingas Pereira, Executive Director National Institute of Health Directors, Heads of Departments, and officers from MOH and INS Covalima Municipality Administrator, Mr. Afonso Nogueira Nahak Covalima Municipality Health Services Director, Filipe Pereira Lemos …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at Hari’i Hamutuk Closing Ceremony

Good morning My respects to: F-FDTL Chief of Defense Force Major General Lere Deputy Chief of Defense Brigadier General Falur F-FDTL Chief of Staff Colonel Coliati DCM Pip Venning, Australian Embassy Counsellor Shusaku Hirashima, Japanese Embassy Warrant Officer Aaron French, New Zealand Embassy F-FDTL Component Commanders Honored guests; and participants of Hari’i Hamutuk 2020 Good …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at Final Report Presentation of the Community Based Rehabilitation Network – Timor-Leste

Good morning. My respects to the Director of Community Based Rehabilitation Network -Timor-Leste (CBRN-TL), the NGO Forum representative, the Country Leader of TLM-TL, and all participants and guests. It is my honor to be here today at the final report presentation of CBRN-TL’s program “Expanding Opportunities and Leadership Skills for Women with Disabilities in Self-Help …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at TLPU’s Basic Online Fact-Checking and Verification Training

My Respects to State Secretary for Social Communication, Mericio Akara President of Timor-Leste Press Union (TLPU), Manuel Pinto TLPU Vice-President, Raimundus Oki Timor-Leste Press Union Secretary General Horacio Babo Good morning and thank you all for taking part in this very important program for journalists on basic online fact checking and verification.   The U.S. Embassy …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at AJTL’s Media Literacy Workshop

My respects to: President of AJTL, Zevonia Viera President of Press Council, Virgilio da Silva Guterres Secretary General of AJTL, Alberico da Costa Junior Journalists and students in this workshop Hello everyone and thank you for organizing this very important workshop on strengthening digital media to fight disinformation in Timor-Leste. I congratulate these 15 students …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at ELC’s Access Micro scholarship Opening Ceremony

My Respects to: Faculty of Education, Arts, and Humanities (FEAH) Dean, Prof. Doutora, Ana Cristina de Jesus S. Martins Rector, H.E. Prof. Doutor, Fransisco Miguel Martins Academic Director of the English Department, Felismina de Araujo ELC Director Belina Rosario Access Primary Teacher Ventos Falur UmaAmerika Director Ezekiel “Zeck” Ribeiro Professors and Adminstrators of UNTL Access …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at Dili International Film Festival Opening Ceremony

My respects to, His Excellency José Ramos-Horta Ambassador Andrew Jacobs UNDP Country Director Munkhtuya Altangerel Dili International Film Festival Director Lena Lenzen Distinguished guests Good evening everyone. It is a pleasure to be here tonight together with all of you to once again celebrate the Dili International Film Festival. It is very gratifying that we …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at USAID’s Domestic Tourism Gala Dinner

My respects to HE. Mr. José Lucas do Carmo da Silva, Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste HE. Vice Minister for Community Tourism Inácia da Conceição Teixeira HE. Ambassador of Portugal Manuel Gonçalves de Jesus HE. Ambassador of Indonesia Shat Sitorus HE. Ambassador of New Zealand Phillip Hewitt Good evening everyone. It is …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Inaugural Ceremony of YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy

My Respects to: Sunita Caminha, UN Women Head of Office Munkhtuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative Armando da Costa, Director General, Secretary of State for Gender Equality and Inclusion. Good morning everyone. It is truly an honor to be part of the first YSEALI Leadership Academy in Timor-Leste. Over the past few years since Timor-Leste was …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Elias Parra Remarks at Health Promotion Material Handover in Covalima

 Excellency Representative of Director General of the Ministry of Health, Administrator of Covalima Municipality, PNTL Commanders, Community Chiefs, USAID Mission Director, UNICEF Country Director, Doctors and nurses and distinguish guest Good morning! I am pleased to join UNICEF Director Valérie Taton, USAID Mission Director Jim Wright and representatives from the Ministry of Health, and all …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at Closing Ceremony of Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach Competition

Good afternoon everyone. It’s a pleasure to join you all today for the virtual closing ceremony of our Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach program. As you know, this was a two-week program focused on developing leadership, proposal development, and pitching skills.  30 young alumni have been working in 10 teams, with alumni mentors, to develop and implement …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at Women’s Equality Day Virtual Discussion 

Good morning everyone. Although we are just meeting virtually, it’s a pleasure to celebrate Women’s Equality Day with a group of young female Timorese leaders. Women’s Equality Day was established in the United States to recognize the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  The nineteenth amendment granted American women the right to vote. Although it took several more decades—and the civil rights movement—for …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at INpaktu Youth Read for Impact Program

Good morning everyone, and my respects to H.E. Mr. Abrao Saldanha, Secretary State of Youth and Sports. I would like to congratulate our YSEALI members Nelania Doutel Sarmento and her entire team for this truly innovative program. By being an active member of our YSEALI program, Nelania was selected in a competitive process to travel …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at Handover Ceremony of Vital Signs Monitors to Health Ministry

Good Morning, My respects to: Health Minister – HE Dr. Odete Belo Director General – Dr. Odete da Silva Viegas MoH Director for Health Policy – Mr. Narciso Fernandes Director for Case Management – Dr. Nilton do Carmo da Silva USAID Mission Director Mr. Jim Wright I am pleased to join the Minister of Health …

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Ambassador Fitzpatrick’s Remarks at Covid-19 Response Handover Ceremony at Comoro Clinic

Good morning! My respects to: UNICEF Country Representative, Valerie Taton Comoro Health Clinic Director USAID Mission Director, Jim Wright I am pleased to join UNICEF Director Valérie Taton and all of you this morning here at Comoro Clinic. Today we celebrate the collaboration between UNICEF, the United States and the Ministry of Health to help …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the the USAID Customs Reform Project

Your Excellency Sara Lobo Brites, Vice Minister for the Ministry of Finance Mr. José Antonio Fatima Abílio, Customs Authority Acting Commissioner Esteemed National Directors and Customs Authority Officials Honored members of the business community USAID Customs Reform Project Staff and USAID Colleagues Good Afternoon I am very pleased that the US Embassy has been able …

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

One of the things I love about Timor-Leste – apart from its beautiful mountains and seas – is the way Timorese value their independence and freedom.  Recently, Timorese celebrated 18 years since the restoration of their independence.  Today on the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate 244 years of our independence.  These historic moments are distant …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the completion of the U.S. Navy Seabees 100th civil engineering project in Timor-Leste

My Respects to: E. Jose Ramos Horta, Former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste E. Dulce de Jesus Soares, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (pending confirmation) E. Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, Minster of Defense and Acting Minister of Interior F-FDTL Chief of Staff Colonel Calisto “Coliati” Santos Coli EBC Fatumeta School Director …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks on the World Ocean Day

Hello, I’m Kathleen Fitzpatrick, United States Ambassador to Timor-Leste. I am very happy to join this special video celebration of World Oceans Day 2020. My respects to other fellow participants, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Director General Acasio Guterres, Ministry of Tourism Director General Jose Quintas, Administrator Post of Atauro Mateus Belo, and Dr. Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue.I would …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Hand Over Ceremony of Disinfectants and Cleaning Supplies to the Integrated Crisis Management Office

My respects to His excellency Rui Araujo, Aurelio Ximenes, Ambassador Abel Guterres, Brigadier Aluk, and CAPT Pedro. This afternoon, the Embassy of the United States of America is donating a large supply of disinfectants and cleaning supplies to the Integrated Crisis Management Office to be distributed to various schools, health clinics, and offices. As the …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks at the Handover Ceremony of Timorese-made reusable masks to Education Ministry

My respects to Her/His excellency from the Ministry of Education This afternoon, the Embassy of the United States of America is donating is donating 15,000 reusable fabric masks to the Ministry of Education. These masks are part of the broader effort to support Timor-Leste in the fight against COVID-19. As of today, the United States …

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Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick Remarks on the Launching of USAID Human Resources for Health 2030 Project

I am proud to join Mrs. Célia Alexandre Gusmão dos Santos, the Director of National Institute of Health today to launch the Human Resources for Health project. It is good that we are able to implement this program at a time when it is needed most. Training healthcare workers is clearly essential for the security …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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