On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my sincere congratulations to the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on the 17th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence on May 20.

This important anniversary serves as a poignant reminder of the historic bonds and deep friendship between the United States and Timor-Leste.  Over the years, our partnership with Timor-Leste has advanced steadily based on our shared values of democracy, economic progress, and promoting regional stability.

The United States sends its best wishes to the people of Timor-Leste, as we continue to work together for the benefit of our mutual security and prosperity.

U.S. Department of State

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