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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